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Protesters Push for SBC to Adopt Reform Measures

Posted/updated on: June 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm
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DALLAS (AP) – About two dozen protesters who gathered outside the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are pushing for three changes to church operations. They say they want more inclusion of women’s voices in the SBC and a database to record and track those accused of misconduct. They also want seminarians and others trained on how to address domestic violence. Carol Shelton of Fort Worth says domestic violence and sexual abuse have been given little attention because the victims are normally women. Michael Maschenik, pastor of Unity Baptist Church near Macon, Georgia, counters that a database would be redundant from the ones kept by authorities. He says no one in the SBC supports or condones abusive behavior. The two-day annual convention that began Tuesday in Dallas will include consideration of a draft resolution co-signed by dozens of SBC leaders to repudiate any rhetoric or behavior that dishonors women.


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