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Monday
Sep102012

Cultural Creatives

Artist ministers within Atlanta’s art community

By John Pierce

ATLANTA — It didn’t come quickly or easily, but Kerry Jackson has embraced his calling to be both artist and minister. The ministerial pull and his artistic giftedness are no longer in conflict.

So he cherishes opportunities to go into churches and other settings where he shares his faith while creating art — such as when he took his paint and brushes to the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, Ga., this summer to participate in the congregation’s annual MOSAIC Art Camp.

Downtown Atlanta, however, is where he brushes up against other creative persons in a daily effort to minister among those engaged in the arts.

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Saturday
Sep012012

MOSIAC

Church camp with an artistic flair

By John Pierce

CORNELIA, Ga. — A few years ago David Turner noticed the various sports camps being offered each summer and wondered: What about the kids who are interested in the arts?

The current church member, who then served as long-term interim pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia in the hills of Northeast Georgia, shared his thoughts with others. The idea of a summer arts camp was quickly embraced and then fleshed out by Donna Trotter, a church member and retired dance studio owner.

The first MOSAIC Arts Camp was offered in June 2008 as an afternoon option for children attending Vacation Bible School. “It soon overwhelmed VBS in attendance.” …

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Friday
Aug172012

Beyond Sundays

By Terri Byrd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just one block west of historic Five Points South, in the middle of downtown Birmingham, Ala., sits an imposing but beautiful structure that is Southside Baptist Church.

Established soon after the founding of Birmingham, Southside has been at the center of the city’s physical and spiritual community for more than 120 years. The church’s stated mission is “… to build an inclusive community of grace, fi rst in our own community and then in the world.”

Commitment to that mission continues to shape the congregation’s presence in the inner city.

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Thursday
Aug092012

Generosity Multiplied

Gift for church activities building keeps on giving

By John Pierce

ATLANTA — An anonymous gift of $270,000 was offered to Wieuca Road Baptist Church in 1967 to build and equip a new facility for recreation ministry — and to provide a couple of college scholarships. The donor, who chose to remain anonymous, … was not a Baptist, [but] had been pleased with the positive impact the expansive youth and activities ministries of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church … had made on his children. So he wanted to see such ministries available at another church — and perhaps another.

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Wednesday
Aug012012

House Today, Temple Tomorrow

Baptists in Cuba growing amid unique challenges

By Tony Cartledge

SANTIAGO DE CUBA — Make a mental list of places where Baptist work is growing, and chances are it wouldn’t include Cuba — but it should.

 

The Eastern Baptist Convention of Cuba (EBCC) has seen remarkable growth during the past decade. After more than a century of tepid growth that was almost completely stymied during the first two decades of Fidel Castro’s Socialist revolution, Baptists have found a sure footing for growth.

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