(AP) — Entangled in a multifaceted sex abuse crisis, the country's largest Protestant denomination is preparing to host a conference on a topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — 'We’re not where we need to be on those things, but I believe a signal has been sent that we believe that’s where we need to go,' said Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — Following along on large screens around the Legacy Arena, women, men, pastors, lay people and survivors took turns reading words drawn from the biblical books of Psalms and Lamentations.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — One woman, who said she was abused by her youth pastor and then her senior pastor, said the intervention of a trusted adult is crucial for survivors.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — 'The gospel teaches us that there’s only one kind of person: human,' said J.D. Greear.
(RNS) — The 'Caring Well' report also summarizes a range of next steps to address the issue for years to come, including educating congregations about abuse, preparing them to help survivors and fostering abuse prevention.
(RNS) — 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.'
(RNS) — The work group determined that six on Greear’s list require 'no further inquiry,' three should be investigated and one is not a Southern Baptist congregation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — While blaming the abusers, SBC President J.D. Greear called on the convention as a whole 'to repent of a culture that has made abuse, cover-ups, and evading accountability far too easy.'
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Only larger, better-resourced Southern Baptist churches have policies in place to protect children from abuse.
(RNS) — 'I am committed to doing everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again,' Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in response to an investigation by Texan newspapers.
(RNS) — Two former SBC presidents, joined by a Las Vegas pastor, took the unusual step of sending a letter to the search committee for the new president of the SBC Executive Committee, inquiring about the breadth of efforts to fill the position.
(RNS) — The first Generation X president of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination said he wants to focus more on what all Southern Baptists embrace than what divides them.
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — If he wins the presidency next week, he will be the youngest SBC leader in two generations and usher in a more urban, entrepreneurial spirit, eager to transcend partisan divisions.
(RNS) — The daily drumbeat of bad news about SBC leaders has set the stage for the denomination’s annual meeting in Dallas this month. Will the meeting accelerate a decline? Or could it be the start of a revival? Our columnist's advice: Don’t write off the Southern Baptist Convention.
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