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Southern Baptists address abuse in the church

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/10/19, 12:04 pm

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has recommended changes for handling claims of sexual abuse in its churches ahead of the denomination’s annual meeting this week in Birmingham, Ala. The SBC formed the Sexual Abuse Advisory Group in July 2018 and the group issued a report on Saturday containing first-person accounts from survivors and acknowledging a variety of failures in how the SBC has responded to abuse, including minimizing incidents and failing to report crimes.

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United Methodist panel approves Traditional Plan

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/27/19, 02:18 pm

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council on Friday upheld most of the denomination’s plan to continue to affirm Biblical marriage and sexuality. In February, delegates at a special UMC conference in St. Louis voted to adopt what’s known as the “Traditional Plan,” which calls for better enforcement of church rules forbidding Methodist ministers from officiating same-sex weddings or being openly homosexual.

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The great divide

Religion | Liberal Methodists may be digging in for a fight in the UMC
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/14/19, 03:48 pm

At a breakfast gathering in St. Louis on the first morning of a special meeting of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in February, Jerry Kulah set the table for the events of the next few days.

The UMC delegate had traveled all the way from Liberia to participate in the international meeting that would decide whether Methodists insist their clergy uphold Biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality or allow churches to decide for themselves.

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