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  • Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    September 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now “actively involved” in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

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  • Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    August 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists. Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse “from within our community.”

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  • Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    July 27 2018 by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    “There are phrases in culture, that if you look back a year ago, they didn’t exist,” said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “But now (one) that is common, pervasive, and indicative of a lot of pain that has occurred … has been the #MeToo movement.”

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  • Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    July 26 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), announced today (July 26) that he is partnering with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to form an advisory group on sexual misconduct, domestic violence and other issues. The announcement came as many Southern Baptists are discussing how the convention’s leaders and entities should respond

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  • SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    July 26 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) appears to be in the midst of a complex and uncertain moment as sexual abuse scandals raise questions about how the cooperative body of more than 40,000 self-governing churches can better identify sexual predators and provide safeguards against them.

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  • IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    July 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board (IMB) President David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by …

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  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have “heightened the alert.” From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse …

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  • Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    June 20 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abuse in the church:  Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church “finds I’m spending more time in preparation than ever before” for his Sunday morning sermons. Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that …

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  • SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

    June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

    Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention affirmed the dignity and worth of women, denounced all forms of abuse and called for sexual purity among Christian leaders in adopting 16 resolutions Tuesday (June 12). Passage of the resolutions on women, abuse and pastoral purity by nearly unanimous votes late in the afternoon session came after …

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  • Bob Jones University president apologizes to victims

    December 12 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Bob Jones University president apologizes to victims

    An outside watchdog group hired to investigate sex abuse claims at Bob Jones University issued its 300-page report on Dec. 11, concluding that the conservative Christian school responded poorly to many students who were victims of sexual assault or abuse. In a two-year investigation, 50 individuals were interviewed…

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  • Bob Jones Univ. rehires firm hired to investigate sex abuse

    February 26 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Bob Jones Univ. rehires firm hired to investigate sex abuse

    After firing Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on campus, Bob Jones University has rehired the same group, one month before the findings from a 13-month review were scheduled to be released.

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  • SBC nixing sex-offender database 'under-reported'

    December 18 2008 by Bob Allen, Associated Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Time Magazine ranked the Southern Baptist Convention's refusal to establish a database of clergy sex offenders one of the most under-reported news stories in 2008. The SBC decided against such a database in part because its principle of local autonomy means it cannot compel individual churches to report any information.

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  • Episcopal bishop ousted for covering up abuse

    October 7 2008 by Daniel Burke, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    The Episcopal Church has defrocked a Pennsylvania bishop for failing to disclose his brother's sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1970s. A nine-member panel of bishops, priests and laypeople has ruled that Charles E. Bennison, the bishop of Philadelphia since 1998, should no longer serve as a church clergyman.

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