DALLAS (RNS) — The Caring Well conference on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention devoted its second and third days to hearing from critics of the denomination's response to victims.
DALLAS (RNS) — The 'Caring Well' conference will hear from church leaders, prominent advocates for abuse survivors and survivors themselves in the wake of scandals that have rocked the denomination over the past two years.
(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.
(RNS) — Reported baptisms declined in eight of the last 10 years and dropped by more than 100,000 since 2009, according to the denomination's Annual Church Profile.
(RNS) — A young woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a youth minister at a church camp when she was a child is suing the Village Church for more than $1 million for gross negligence and the emotional distress the abuse has caused her.
(RNS) — The Southern Baptist writer and speaker Beth Moore is theologically conservative and doesn’t believe women should be pastors. But her recent tweet renewed a debate that’s been an issue for more than 300 years.
(RNS) — The camp where a counselor was arrested last week for "inappropriate touching" is not accredited by the American Camp Association.
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) — The so-called 1872 Broadus gavel, which calls to order a church body that has sought racial reconciliation within its ranks, is named for slaveholder John A. Broadus.
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.
(RNS) — The ways the Holy Spirit used women to invite both men and women to relationship with Jesus, establish congregations and offer a witness to his love shows that the calling of women is no new activity in the life of God.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church outside of Dallas, defended his church against reports it had mishandled allegations of abuse.
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.