Samford to withdraw from Alabama's CP funding channel

 
Samford University in Birmingham—described by many as Alabama Baptists' "crown jewel"—will no longer receive annual budget allocations from the Alabama Baptist State Convention after 2017. As of Jan. 1, the $3-plus million Cooperative Program allotment for Samford will be reduced from Alabama's CP budget, assuming the request to eliminate funding for Samford is approved by the State Board of Missions and convention messengers. This was a voluntary action taken by the school, Samford officials announced July 7. The school's ...

Samford University considers pro-LGBT student group

 
A recommendation by Samford University's faculty to approve a pro-homosexual student group could have "serious implications ... for the relationship" between the university and the Alabama Baptist State Convention, according to a joint statement by the convention's president and the executive director of its State Board of Missions. Samford President Andrew Westmoreland told faculty in an April 28 email he hopes the university and state convention leaders "find meaningful ways to affirm beliefs regarding the authority of Scripture held by so many ...