No ardent feminist by any stretch, Zua Moore reared three children with her husband, Jack, and every Sunday they attended First Baptist Church.
But she doesn't go along with the Southern Baptist Convention resolution passed in June urging women to "submit graciously" to their husbands."I've been married to him for 54 years, and I've never bowed down to him," said Zua Moore, 76, pointing to her husband after a Sunday service. "Women should be on equal footing with men."
Her beliefs reflect those of others in the congregation of First Baptist, which soon may rebel against the resolution. The 1,350 members - many of them Raleigh's civic and business leaders - are debating whether to formally end the church's century-old relationship with the national convention. A vote could come later this month.
Other congregations around the nation have broken ties with the SBC, but this church is notable because it is an old "First" church in a large city.
First Baptist leaders, like others in more progressive Southern Baptist churches, blame the convention's fundamentalist leadership for violating Baptist principles of freedom and local autonomy while interpreting the Bible.
The convention's president, the Rev. Paige Patterson, said the SBC does affirm women and the resolution is in line with Scripture. He said he would be disappointed if First Baptist leaves.