Ruth Carter Stapleton, besieged with criticism after a Newsweek cover story last month that quoted her as saying she believed Jesus was "just a man," has issued a "definitive statement of my beliefs and positions for all time."

The 5 1/2-page statement asserts that (a) she was misquoted (Newsweek writer Kenneth L. Woodward says he has tape recordings to support his story), and (b) what she meant was that "Jesus was fully a man" but that He also was the "incarnate Son of God," and (c) that she'll try to be more precise in the future, having become "belatedly aware that every word I utter or write is now seemingly of public interest" because she is Jimmy Carter's sister.

The U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) has petitioned the Supreme Court to remove lay teachers in Catholic elementary and secondary schools from jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. A friend-of-the-court brief filed in a case involving the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend contends that such "governmental interference in the operation of a religious enterprise" violates the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.

In commenting on the brief, Bishop Thomas C. Kelly, general secretary of the USCC, pointed out that involvement by the national church agency "in no way challenges or departs from the longstanding social teaching of the church or collective bargaining."

The Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Kilgore Jr., retiring president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, has urged pastors of the black business and industry.

Addressing the 17-year-old denomination's annual conference, Kilgore pointed out that more than 90 percent of the money earned by blacks goes out of the black community.

Said the Los Angeles minister: "Our 41 black commercial banks, 40 savings and loans and 39 black insurance companies all need greater support from the black community. Their assets of $2,074,000,000 could be easily be 10 times larger if one half of the black money in white banks, saving and loans and insurance companies was withdrawn and placed in black financial institutions."

The Jewish Community Information Council has launched a "Jews for Jews" newsletter to help combat efforts to convert Jews, particularly when such attempts involve subterfuge.

The letter is available free from the council, Post Office Box 11, Lawrence, N.Y. 11559. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is required.