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Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaching with new issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Southern Baptists are fighting — again. 

Questions on critical race theory, the role of women in the church and who should be the next leader of the Southern Baptist Convention are roiling the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. It all could come to a head in Nashville where thousands of Southern Baptists are expected to gather June 15-16 for their first annual meeting since the pandemic hit.

In the lead-up to the two-day event, tensions within the conservative evangelical network of churches are running higher than they have in decades.

Appeals for particular viewpoints and new revelations, like the leaked letters of a departing Southern Baptist leader who detailed pushback he received on race and sex abuse issues, keep lighting up social media feeds and adding fuel to the fight. 

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