NEWS STORY: North Carolina church, citing authoritarian trends, quits Southern Baptists

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c. 1998 Religion News Service RALEIGH, N.C. _ After months of often agonizing debate, Raleigh’s oldest Baptist church _ a congregation known for elevating the role of women _ voted this week to end its 153-year relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention. The 264-23 vote at First Baptist Church came just three months after the […]

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