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Category Archives: Clergy Sexual Abuse
WHY ARE YOU READING THIS . . .Unless You Want to Help, or Be Helped?
By Tarris Rossell If you do NOT want to help prevent clergy sexual abuse, STOP READING NOW and go do something else. Especially if you do NOT want victims of clergy sexual abuse to come to you for help, STOP READING NOW. And whatever you do, NEVER get training regarding what to do about clergy … Continue reading
CBF names Jay Kieve to new abuse prevention and response advocate position
April 7, 2021 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — To continue its commitment to preventing abuse in congregations and advocating for abuse survivors, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has named CBF South Carolina Coordinator Jay Kieve to serve in the newly-created position of CBF Abuse Prevention and Response Advocate. In this part-time role, Kieve will be … Continue reading
April – Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
By Jay Kieve “If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of stumbling-blocks! Occasions for stumbling … Continue reading
Best Practices for Responding to a Victim of Sexual Abuse
By Shauw Chin Capps In the early years of my social work career, I started volunteering at a rape crisis center in Louisville, Kentucky. I would be on call and respond to hospital calls whenever they had a rape victim walk into their ER. I went on to become a therapist, providing counseling for survivors … Continue reading
Can Our Fellowship Be Born Anew?
By Curtis Freeman Not all that long ago in America the ministry was a respected profession. Now trust in pastors as people of moral character is at an all-time low. High profile scandals involving sexual misconduct by clergy have contributed to the gradual erosion of public confidence. Yet too often these bad examples have been … Continue reading
It is not an affair: It was abuse
By David K. Pooler I’m struck by the frequency that some Christians label any sexual activity between a married pastor and an adult congregant who is not their spouse: an affair. It is no accident that people easily go there. The fact that it is so easy to go there has deep roots in the … Continue reading
How Can the Church Offer Healing in Response To Sexual Abuse?
CBF Executive Coordinator Paul Baxley preached the following sermon on World Communion Sunday, October 7, 2018, while serving as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Athens, Ga. This sermon is part of a special series of the Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force, a joint project of CBF and Baptist Women in Ministry focused on the … Continue reading
Courageous Humility: God’s Call to the Church in Response to the #metoo #churchtoo Movements
A Sermon by Micah Pritchett Opening Welcome to Worship We are taking on a difficult subject this morning. The #metoo movement has shown a bright, bright light on our culture’s acceptance of demeaning and sometimes violent treatment of women. Institutions have been rocked. Careers ended. Horrific truths revealed. As the #metoo movement has captured the … Continue reading
Just Because: Sharing Clergy Sexual Abuse Stories
By Jenny Hodge Last month in an article for Ethics Daily, Pam Durso wrote about her experience with the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Her call to action at the end was to push readers to make space for the voices of survivors. As a survivor and member of Baptist Women in Ministry and the Cooperative … Continue reading