Fayetteville voters approve LGBT anti-discrimination law

Caleb Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News 

FAYETTEVILLE – Fayetteville citizens voted to ratify the city’s Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance by a slim margin Sept. 8.

Originally passed by the city council June 16, the law is a revised version of a law that the council passed in August of 2014 and that was then repealed by a popular vote last December.

The new law is set to take effect Nov. 7 and “prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or places of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,” according to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

The Democrat-Gazette also reported that the law would create a seven-member Civil Rights Commission, appointed by the Fayetteville City Council, which will review complaints covered by the ordinance.

Click to read more ...


Gov. calls faith community to action

Stella Prather

LITTLE ROCK Arkansas Baptists were among the nearly 500 people representing Arkansas’ faith community, nonprofit organizations and Arkansas state agencies who took part in the Restore Hope Summit: A Call to Action for Faith Leaders on Foster Care and Prison Re-Entry, which took place at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock, Aug. 25- 26.

The event was hosted by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to encourage faith-based organizations to help the state provide better services for foster children and inmates who are re-entering society.

Click to read more ...


Ark. WMU establishes private foundation

ParkerLITTLE ROCK – In a strategic shift for the organization, the Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has announced that it will now operate as a private foundation.

The Arkansas WMU board of directors recently made the decision to establish itself as a private foundation, according to a statement adopted by the entity’s board and provided to the Arkansas Baptist News. The statement noted that the decision came after the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) announced it could no longer provide financial support for an Arkansas WMU executive director.

Click to read more ...


IMB leaders announce plan to balance budget, prepare for future

RICHMOND, Va.—International Mission Board (IMB) leaders have outlined a plan to address the IMB’s revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward into the future with innovative vision, wise stewardship and high accountability.

The plan was presented by senior IMB leadership, including President David Platt, during an Aug. 27 town hall meeting including missionaries and staff, who collectively attended either in person or through digital communication. IMB trustees were informed of the plan during their Aug. 25-26 board meeting in downtown Richmond, Va.

Click to read more ...


Gov. Asa Hutchinson directs DHS to end contract with Planned Parenthood

LITTLE ROCK – On Aug. 14, Gov. Asa Hutchinson directed the Department of Human Services to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. Termination will be effective 30 days from that date.

Governor Hutchinson released a statement, saying, “It is apparent that after the recent revelations on the actions of Planned Parenthood, that this organization does not represent the values of the people of our state and Arkansas is better served by terminating any and all existing contracts with them. This includes their affiliated organization, Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.

“I appreciate the legislature’s leadership on this important issue, especially that of Senator Eddie Joe Williams and Representative David Meeks.”