News from the Tennessee Valley Religion


Two churches vote for name changes

Two churches in Morgan Baptist Association have adopted new names.

Rock Springs Baptist Church is now Eternal Light Baptist Church, after a congregational vote, said the Rev. Donnie McDonald. He said the church has had major changes in leadership and direction, and he felt a new name would help its “witness in the community.”

Eternal Light has a new 40-by 60-foot youth center. The church is on Rock Springs Road off Iron Man Road in the Oak Ridge community.

Macedonia Baptist Church voted to become South Chapel Hill Baptist Church, according to the Rev. Keith Hudson, pastor. The 128-year-old church is on South Chapel Hill Road at Mud Tavern Road Southwest.

Hudson said the former name was a good choice when the church started, but now a name to fit the geographic location seems more appropriate.

Also, the church has new outreach and ministry plans, he said. The official name launch will be Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Steve Owenby of Stewartsville, N.C., will speak for Friend Day, which begins “Fools for Christ Month,” Hudson said.

Fowler lecture at Samford

Wanda Lee will be the speaker for the Marie NeSmith Fowler Lecture at Samford University’s Flag Colonnade Room in Beeson University Center. The luncheon will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The Fowler Lecture in Christianity, Woman and Leadership Studies honors Samford pharmacy school alumna Marie Fowler of Hartselle. It also supports the Christian Women’s Leadership Center and its mission to provide learning opportunities for women.

Lee is executive director of Woman’s Missionary Union, based in Birmingham. A nurse, she is a graduate of Samford and is a former missionary. Her topic will be “Live the Call.”

Lunch is $10. Vegetarian options are available. Reservations are required. Call (205) 726-4194 or e-mail

Emory to exhibit holy ‘treasures’

Emory University in Atlanta will host a traveling exhibit tracing the shared roots of Judaism and Christianity. Some of the most significant biblical artifacts existing will be on display, including the Temple Scroll and other Dead Sea Scrolls.

“Cradle of Christianity: Jewish and Christian Treasures from the Holy Land” will be at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, June 16 through Oct. 14. Tickets are $15; sales start Sunday at

Also displayed will be the “Judah, Son of Jesus” ossuary highlighted in the Discovery Channel documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.”

Artifacts are on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Israel Antiquities Authority, according to Emory.

- Compiled by Melanie Smith

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