RNS Morning Report: SBC Amendments Approved; Syringe Exchange Program; Village Church

Rachael Denhollander, an American lawyer and former gymnast who was the first woman to publicly accuse former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault, speaks during panel on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala. on June 10, 2019. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Need to know: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Constitutional Changes

Southern Baptists approve amendments dealing with sexual abuse, racism

At their annual meeting in Birmingham, Southern Baptists approved constitutional amendments aimed at dealing with abuse. If approved again next year, the amendments would allow the nation's largest Protestant denomination to remove churches that mishandle allegations of abuse or misconduct. More from Religion News Service

Harm Reduction

As opioid epidemic spreads, a NC church opens its doors to a syringe exchange

Green Street Church's syringe exchange is one of a handful housed at a place of worship across the state. As the opioid epidemic spreads, the North Carolina Council of Churches hopes more will consider it. More from Religion News Service

Allegations Investigated

Matt Chandler, megachurch pastor, addresses allegations of abuse at Village Church dur …

Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church outside of Dallas, defended his church against reports it had mishandled allegations of abuse. More from Religion News Service

Holding Bishops Accountable

Catholic bishops open meeting to criticism, discussion of Reddit

At one point, a bishop asked for clarification on how to spell 'Reddit.' More from Religion News Service


Most Southern Baptist women would welcome a woman pastor. It’s unlikely to happe …

Official Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist teaching bars women from being pastors or priests. But some polling shows that many Catholics and Baptists would be fine with a woman pastor, writes Ryan Burge. More from Religion News Service

Bias Motivated Assault

Muslim woman investigated her own hate crime after NYPD dismissed her case

“I told myself I wasn’t going to be one of those cases that got abandoned,” said Fatoumata Camara, who dug up video proving she was beaten and robbed. More from Huffpost




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