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#MeToo awareness in church focus of studyNASHVILLE (BP) -- In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy.
While the Catholic church's continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct.
A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member of the congregation at some point in the church's history. One in six pastors say a staff member has been harassed in a church setting. Read More
WorldCrafts expands aid for children's causesBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- WorldCrafts, the fair trade division of WMU, has launched a new initiative to benefit the work of Lifeline Children's Services and families adopting domestically or internationally through Lifeline.
Meanwhile, WorldCrafts is continuing its benefit initiative through the Baptist Coalition for Children and Families' connection with children's home ministries in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. Read More
DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters riseWILMINGTON, N.C. (BP) -- Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that's not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm.
As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board to mount a disaster relief effort, the response is “a true testimony to the effectiveness of the partnerships throughout all state conventions," said David Melber, president of Send Relief, NAMB's crisis response arm. Read More
Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named as interimRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- After receiving the resignation of David Platt as president of the International Mission Board, to be effective at the Sept. 27 trustee meeting, the trustees' executive committee voted in a special meeting Sept. 13 to name Clyde Meador as interim president, subject to full board approval.
Platt has served as IMB president since Aug. 27, 2014. Since September of last year, he also has served as pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12 of this year, Platt asked IMB trustees to begin searching for his successor. While requesting that the search for the mission board's next president begin immediately, Platt stated his intention to continue serving as president during the search process. Read More
Kid vaping epidemic cited in FDA e-cig finesWASHINGTON (BP) -- Nicotine-rich e-cigarettes commonly clothed in pastel brights with perky flavors have reached epidemic use among kids, a federal agency said in levying industry penalties to limit youth access.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters and fines to more than 1,300 retailers "who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors" in a nationwide, undercover investigation of brick-and-mortar stores this summer, the FDA said in a Sept. 12 press release.
"We see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion, and we must adjust certain aspects of our comprehensive strategy to stem this clear and present danger," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at agency headquarters. "I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products." Read More