RNS Morning Report: SBC Abuse Response; Tubman on $20 Bill; Graham Archives

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear addresses the denomination’s executive committee in Nashville, Tenn. on February 18, 2019. RNS photo by Bob Smietana

Need to know: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Response Scrutinized

Southern Baptist leaders plan to remedy ‘insufficient’ approach to abuse claims

Their denomination’s Executive Committee may also vote to create a year-round Credentials Committee that will consider complaints about churches mishandling abuse or 'discriminatory behavior on the basis of ethnicity.' More from Religion News Service

Civil Disobedience

Boston church stamps Harriet Tubman on all its $20 bills

Since May, the Jamaica Plain church has been stamping all $20 bills from its offering plates with abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s face. It is, the church's pastor said, a 'worthy replacement.' More from Religion News Service

Access Threatened

Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives

Franklin Graham said plans are underway for a new research center, but no professional archivists or librarians appear to be in place. More from Religion News Service

Fundraising Push

During Ramadan, growing Muslim philanthropy enters the spotlight

Many Muslim-run charity groups are drawing a connection between their philanthropic causes, the Ramadan fast and the Islamic imperative to give to the poor. More from Religion News Service

Martini Judaism

When clergy ask themselves: does it really matter?

How important is our work? Whatever work we do? God knows, writes Jeffrey Salkin. More from Religion News Service

Board's Failure to Act

Abused by missionaries: Baptist leaders stayed quiet after trail of abuse

The practice of the Southern Baptist mission board — the world’s largest sponsor of Protestant missionaries — has been for years to keep misconduct reports inside the hierarchy of the organization, a Houston Chronicle investigation reveals. More from Houston Chronicle

 

 

 

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