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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee on Monday quashed a push for an independent committee to lead a probe of its handling of sex abuse cases, but the proposal is almost certain to resurface when the nation's largest denomination holds its biggest and most contentious annual meeting in decades.

With songs of lament, hands raised in praise and heads bowed in prayers of grief and remembrance, an age and race-diverse gathering of about 250 people assembled Friday night inside Central Church for a community vigil in the aftermath of Thursday’s shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan that killed one person and injured five others.

OnRamp’s website describes the organization’s mission this way: “We work with local charities and religious organizations to identify ideal candidates who have demonstrated sincere desire and effort to become self-sufficient, but for whom a lack of reliable transportation has proven a significant obstacle.”

"This is my body, broken for you," I say to the screen, as my laptop records me presiding over the sacrament on Thursday. I offer a torn piece of bread to my imagined congregants, who might or might not tune into the service that we will edit beforehand and stream on Sunday, through our website and Facebook Live.

COVID-19 has spread rapidly in Texas, and many congregations closed their doors and moved religious services online. But there are some religious groups who say it’s their right to remain open because they believe they provide an essential service to their communities.

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