Southern Baptists to launch sexual abuse advisory panel
(RNS) — The creation of an advisory panel marks an early concrete step as the denomination aims to root out sexual abuse and coverups.
Patterson won’t address meeting as Southern Baptists gather amid scandals
(RNS) — ‘The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate,’ said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Frank Page, SBC leader, retires due to ‘inappropriate relationship’
(RNS) — “As a result of a personal failing, I have embarrassed my family, my Lord, myself, and the Kingdom,” Page said.
Southern Baptist leaders stand by Moore after his apologies
(RNS) A new statement was released a week after ethicist Russell Moore and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page issued a shorter joint statement about how they ‘fully support one another.’
Black Southern Baptists: ‘We are pulling for Dr. Moore’
(RNS) With 81 percent of white evangelicals supporting Trump in the November election and Southern Baptists striving to improve on their history that includes a defense of slavery, the questions roiling around Moore have included matters of race.
Russell Moore, Frank Page unite in wake of Baptist controversy over Trump
NASHVILLE (USA Today) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore — an outspoken critic of President Trump — and another top-ranking denominational leader discussed strengthening ties across the Protestant network of churches.
Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts
(RNS) Baptism rates are in steady decline for U.S. Catholics, Southern Baptists and others. Will high profile attention to the ritual from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the pope inspire a change?
Southern Baptists: Agree to disagree over Calvinism
(RNS) Southern Baptists have been divided over Calvinism since their denomination began in 1845, but top leaders say disagreements had deepened with a “vitriol that is nasty.”
Life after suicide: Frank Page’s new mission
(RNS) As the White House unveils a new initiative to combat mental illness, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page has just written “Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide,” about his eldest daughter, Melissa Page Strange, who committed suicide in 2009 at age 32.
Church leaders tackle the stigma of mental illness
(RNS) For years, Southern Baptist leader Frank Page did not share the painful details of his daughter’s suicide, fearing that some Christians might speak ill of her if they knew. Mental illness and suicide were taboo topics for many churches, seen as a kind of spiritual failure. That may be starting to change.
Mormons say they’re OK with change in Scouts’ gay policy
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon officials, who sponsor more Boy Scout troops than any other organization, say they are “satisfied” with the Scouts’ latest compromise on allowing gay members.
Boy Scouts proposal displeases religious leaders on both sides
(RNS) Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not often agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal to accept gay members but continue to reject gay leaders.