|Baptists continue Floyd flood relief as new storm soaks east coast
___LA GRANGE, N.C. (BP)-- "The church has put our talking into walking since this disaster" wrought by Hurricane Floyd, said David Leary, director of missions for Neuse Baptist Association in La Grange, N.C.
___Hundreds of recovery projects have been completed in North Carolina alone, along with more than 650,000 meals served by Southern Baptists since Hurricane Floyd flooded much of the eastern portion of the state Sept. 16. But new rain from Hurricane Irene has slowed the recovery process.
New evidence boosts
Shroud of Turin's antiquity
___By Adelle Banks
|The face on the shroud
___Religion News Service
___JERUSALEM (RNS)--A Jerusalem-based botanist, working with a team of colleagues, has determined that the Shroud of Turin probably dates from before the eighth century and was located in the Jerusalem area.
___Avinoam Danin, a member of the department of evolution, systematics and ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced the findings Aug. 2 in St. Louis, where he was attending the XVI International Botanical Congress. They will be published by the Missouri Botanical Garden Press in a paper titled "Flora of the Shroud of Turin."
Walker elected to head
Baptist Joint Committee
___ARLINGTON, Va. (ABP)--The Baptist Joint Committee marked its fall board meeting with a change in leadership of the 63-year-old religious-liberty coalition in Washington.
___The Oct. 4-5 meeting in Arlington, Va., marked both the official farewell for James Dunn, who retired Sept. 1 after 18 years as the agency's executive director, and the election of Dunn's successor, Brent Walker, who previously served as the BJC's general counsel.
Most favor improving
public schools, survey says
___By Larry Chesser
___Baptist Joint Committee
___WASHINGTON (ABP)--Most Americans want to improve education by reforming the existing public-school system, not by seeking alternatives to it, according to a new survey.
___Seventy-one percent of survey respondents favored reforming the existing system, while 27 percent said the nation should instead focus on an alternative system.
___Phi Delta Kappa, a professional education organization, and the Gallup Organization conducted the survey.