SBC DIGEST: Louisiana Baptist leaders urge masks, fasting; Chowan University renames Helms Center
By Baptist Message staff
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- Steve Horn, Louisiana Baptist Convention executive director, and other state leaders have committed to wear masks and have asked Louisiana Baptists to join them. They have also encouraged people of faith across the state to take part, as they are able, in three days of prayer and fasting, July 20-22.
The full letter, signed by Horn and six other Louisiana Baptist leaders, may be read here.
North Carolina's Chowan University renames Helms Center
By Seth Brown
MURFREESBORO, N.C. (BP) -- The board of trustees at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., announced July 2 that a facility named after former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms has been renamed the Hawks Athletic Center. The university is no longer affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in Cary, N.C.
A statement by trustees said the change was due to the "perception of many that positions taken by Senator Helms were not in keeping with the current mission of Chowan University."