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Speaking of abuse: Baptist news service, Bible scholars grapple with language

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller — October 10, 2019

(RNS) — Some Christians are reassessing how to describe sexual misconduct, with an eye to owning up to the seriousness of abuse.

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex abuse crisis

By David Crary — September 30, 2019

(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.

As religious freedom summit ends, State Department announces new alliance, sanctions

By Adelle M. Banks — July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Many of the survivors of religious violence who spoke at the summit reminded attendees of those who remain persecuted for their faith across the world.

Southern Baptists face sex abuse crisis with litany of lament

By Adelle M. Banks — June 12, 2019

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.

Women sex abuse survivors tell Southern Baptists: ‘Our family is sick’

By Adelle M. Banks — June 11, 2019

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.

Southern Baptist report condemns ‘epidemic’ of abuse, looks at ways to assist victims

By Adelle M. Banks — June 8, 2019

(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.

Southern Baptist leaders vow to improve addressing sex abuse after papers’ report

By Adelle M. Banks — February 11, 2019

(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.

Signing off with much hope

By Boz Tchividjian — April 15, 2016

A change of seasons brings an end to “Rhymes with Religion”.

‘Spotlight’: It’s not just a Catholic problem

By Boz Tchividjian — December 7, 2015

Protestants can learn much from a film about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Rebuking the abused in the name of Jesus

By Boz Tchividjian — November 13, 2015

Does rebuking those who have been abused have anything to do with the love of Jesus?

Caught in the spotlight: Christian leaders who mishandle sexual abuse disclosures

By Boz Tchividjian — October 2, 2015

The dark strategies of some leaders when confronted with the mishandling of abuse disclosures.

‘God weeps,’ says Pope Francis, calling for accountability on sex abuse crimes

By David Gibson — September 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) “For those who were abused by a member of the clergy, I am deeply sorry for the times when you or your family spoke out, to report the abuse, but you were not heard or believed,” the pope said.

Glimpses of Jesus in the darkness of abuse

By Boz Tchividjian — September 18, 2015

A hopeful post about churches that are making good decisions about protecting children and responding to abuse.

An abuse survivor speaks to the church

By Boz Tchividjian — July 31, 2015

Powerful and personal words that call for the church to reflect the genuine image of Jesus.

When the Church prefers perpetrators

By Boz Tchividjian — July 10, 2015

A powerful [guest] post that articulates how preferring perpetrators is contrary to authentic Christianity.

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