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Southern Baptist Convention keeps name

When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting in June, they won't be asked to create a new official name.

Instead they will vote on a recommendation that Southern Baptists end the name change discussion but have the option of using the unofficial moniker "Great Commission Baptists."

The denomination's executive committee adopted the recommendation on Feb. 21 after a task force deemed a name change impractical.

The optional use of Great Commission Baptists provides an answer to those troubled by the word "Southern," as well as its link to the Southern Baptist Convention's Civil War-era defense of slavery.


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