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Southern Baptists Vote To Hold Churches More Accountable For Mishandling Abuse Claims


Added 06-12-19 04:06:01am EST - “At their annual meeting held in Birmingham, Ala., the Southern Baptist Convention approved changes making it clear that individual churches can be expelled for covering up abuse cases.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Southern Baptists Vote To Hold Churches More Accountable For Mishandling Abuse Claims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Janene Cates Putman of Athens, Tenn., demonstrates outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Tuesday, during a rally in Birmingham, Ala. Julie Bennett/AP hide caption

Janene Cates Putman of Athens, Tenn., demonstrates outside the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Tuesday, during a rally in Birmingham, Ala.

The Southern Baptist Convention has voted to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle claims of sexual abuse.

Delegates representing some 47,000 Southern Baptist churches gathered at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala., approved an amendment making it explicit that an individual church in the Convention can be expelled if it mishandles or covers up sexual abuse cases and is establishing a special committee to evaluate such claims against churches.

The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., called the move a "defining moment."

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