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Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. Separately, the convention approved its...

Correction: Southern Baptists-Meeting Friction story

Jun. 16, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story published June 15, 2021, about the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, The Associated Press erroneously reported that SBC presidential candidate Mike Stone appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. Stone’s publicist had said he was...

Southern Baptists quash expanded sex abuse probe, for now

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee on Monday quashed a push for an independent committee to lead a probe of its handling of sex abuse cases, but the proposal is almost certain to resurface when the nation's largest denomination holds its biggest...

Southern Baptists meet amid controversy over leaked letters

Jun. 13, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Southern Baptists prepare for their biggest annual meeting in more than a quarter-century, accusations that leaders have shielded churches from claims of sexual abuse and simmering tensions around race threaten to once again mire the nation’s largest Protestant...

Southern Baptist board OKs probe into sex abuse controversy

Jun. 11, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee said Friday it is contracting an outside firm to investigate its actions amid accusations that top denominational leaders mishandled sex abuses cases, despite calls from some critics for a more...

Racial tensions simmer as Southern Baptists hold key meeting

Jun. 11, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Race-related tensions within the Southern Baptist Convention are high heading into a national meeting next week. The election of a new SBC president and debate over the concept of systemic racism may prove pivotal for some Black pastors as they decide whether to stay...

Secret recordings show Southern Baptist dispute on sex abuse

Jun. 10, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Releases of leaked letters and secret recordings from within the Southern Baptist Convention intensified Thursday as critics sought to show top leaders were slow to address sexual abuse in the nation’s largest Protestant denomination and worried more about its...

Tulsa pastors honor 'holy ground' 100 years after massacre

May. 30, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When white attackers destroyed the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood 100 years ago this week, they bypassed the original sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of North Tulsa. By the church’s own account, the attackers thought the brick...

Faith leaders hope Chauvin verdict lifts racial justice work

Apr. 21, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Faith leaders in Minnesota and across the United States expressed hope that their advocacy work for racial justice will gain momentum from the guilty verdict rendered against Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing George Floyd. “It’s very...

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US

Apr. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing...