Questions and answers

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At the conclusion of the historical presentations at the birthday party, the floor was opened up for questions for the two authors, Elizabeth Wells and Grace Thornton, Editor Bob Terry and Editor-elect Jennifer Rash. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Editor Bob Terry details his favorite editorials of his tenure and explains how they allowed him to open up about the struggles of his life. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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A birthday party guest asks about how the newspaper intends to continue to grow in the future as technology changes. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Editor-elect Jennifer Rash describes the importance of continuing both a print and digital edition of the weekly newspaper and developing ways to reach a new demographic of readers. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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The joy of new packages

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Editor Bob Terry opens a package from the book publisher containing the first copies of the new book. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Editor Bob Terry gets the first look at the completed book, “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists.” The Alabama Baptist file photo

If you are interested in purchasing your own copy of “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists” click here for paperback or here for hardcover.

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The Alabama Baptist: Reflecting on its Ministry

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Don’t forget to register for the upcoming symposium! It will focus on the impact The Alabama Baptist has had on journalism, Baptists and Alabama over the years.

Lunch will only be provided for those who register by the end of the day today, but anyone can drop in without registering on Friday. Lunch options on campus for those who do not preregister include the university cafeteria and the university food court.

The symposium begins at 10 a.m. with two speakers before lunch, an hour break for lunch at noon, and two speakers after lunch. The day should conclude around 3 p.m. There will be Q&A time following each speaker and a panel with all four speakers at the end.

To register visit here.

 

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Back to our roots

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The TAB staff that was able to attend the birthday party poses in front of the original home of The Alabama BaptistThe Alabama Baptist file photo

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Top to bottom, left to right: Maggie Walsh, Carrie McWhorter, Bill Gilmore, Richard Maddox, Debbie Campbell, Amy Hacker, Teresa Maddox, Wanda Bergeron, Grace Thornton, Melanie McKinney, Susan Stevens, Deb Lowery, Linda Harrison, Haley Piersol, Editor Bob Terry, Editor-elect Jennifer Rash, Hannah Munoz, Jessica Ingram. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Books, books, books

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TAB staff set up both the hardback and paperback books for sell. Party guests browse the books and make purchases throughout the day. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Elizabeth Wells, co-author of “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists,” sign guests’ copies of the book. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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A guest browses through his copy of the TAB book while waiting for the historical presentations to begin. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Another couple begins reading their copy of the book after getting signatures from both authors. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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The next anniversary event

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The Alabama Baptist will be hosting a symposium titled “The Alabama Baptist: Reflecting on its Ministry” that will present scholarly papers on the newspaper’s contribution to journalism, theological controversy, life in Alabama, and the need for the paper’s continued ministry. The symposium is co-sponsored by Samford University and will be held on March 2nd in the Regions Room of Samford University’s Cooney Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the speakers beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Lunch will be provided for pre-registered participants.

Pre-registration deadline is February 28.

To pre-register, contact Mrs. Linda Harrison at 205-870-4720, ext. 109, or email LHarrison@TheAlabamaBaptist.org.

To learn more about the event or to view the speakers and topics covered, visit here.

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Books throughout Alabama

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TAB board member, Jim Oakley, presented a copy of the newly released “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists” to Tracy Griffin, Director of the Brent-Centerville Library for them to add to their collection. Photo courtesy of Jim Oakley

Church libraries and associations all over the state of Alabama will be receiving complimentary copies of the book “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists” thanks to generous donations.

Alabama Baptists all over the state have been purchasing the book for their homes.

We are excited that people across the state will be the chance to read our book and learn about the long history of The Alabama Baptist newspaper.

If you haven’t purchased your copy of “The Alabama Baptist: Celebrating 175 Years of Informing, Inspiring and Connecting Baptists” and are interested in getting one, visit here for paperback or here for hardcover.

Any libraries interested in ordering copies of the book can contact Linda Harrison at lharrison@thealabamabaptist.org or 1-800-803-5201. For more information, visit http://www.thealabamabaptist.org.

 

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TAB on radio

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Editor of The Alabama Baptist Bobby S. Terry joins Greg Davis on Priority Talk Radio to discuss the newspaper’s 175th anniversary and corresponding events, and how the newspaper navigates the difficult waters of today’s social and political climate. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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TAB staff celebrates

The staff of The Alabama Baptist managed to have a little fun through all the planning and craziness of the 175th birthday party.

 

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Editor-elect Jennifer Rash jokes about adding her photograph to the back of the TAB book with the other editors. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Advertising assistant Melanie McKinney and her husband Terry laugh with TAB‘s financial assistant Deb Lowery before the historical presentations begin. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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TAB intern Jessica Ingram takes a break from working to strike a pose in front of the TAB 175th birthday display. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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IT administrator Richard Maddox finds his long-lost twin in Siloam Baptist Church’s pastor John Nicholson. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Office assistant Amy Hacker and customer relations staff Hannah Munoz chat on the way to lunch. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Local editions coordinator Wanda Bergeron tells assistant editor Maggie Walsh to stop taking pictures of her. The Alabama Baptist file photo

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Melanie McKinney is ready to greet all of the birthday party guests that come in the doors throughout the day. The Alabama Baptist file photo

 

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Symposium to focus on TAB’s impact

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By Carrie Brown McWhorter

The history and future of The Alabama Baptist’s place in Alabama journalism will be the focus of a symposium March 2.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Samford University in Birmingham and the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Regions Room of Cooney Hall on Samford’s campus.

Scheduled talks

Four talks are scheduled for the day, including:

• Journalism standards through the years by Steve Stewart, Troy University assistant professor of multimedia journalism.

The Alabama Baptist’s role in theological controversies by Timothy George, dean of Samford’s Beeson Divinity School.

The Alabama Baptist’s impact on Alabama Baptists and beyond by J. Mark Baggett, Samford associate professor in the areas of legal writing and English.

• The future of the ministry of The Alabama Baptist by Editor Bobby S. Terry.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for pre-registered participants.

Terry said of the event, “I am excited about the coming symposium and somewhat anxious about what those preparing papers will say about the contributions of The Alabama Baptist through the years.

“But every ministry has to be willing to stand transparently and be examined by others. This will be a learning time for The Alabama Baptist and for all who attend. We look forward to this event and hope many people will join us. And we are thankful Samford University and Alabama Baptist Historical Commission for sponsoring this symposium,” he said.


You’re invited to celebrate 175 years of The Alabama Baptist at a symposium on March 2 at Samford University.

Deadline to pre-registration is February 28. 

For more information or to pre-register, contact Linda Harrison at 205-870-4720, ext. 109 or LHarrison@TheAlabamaBaptist.org.

Editor’s note: Carrie McWhorter is a contract special assignments editor for The Alabama Baptist.

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