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  • Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now "actively involved" in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee.

    The study will receive the first $250,000 of overage for the 2017-2018 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, according to a Sept. 18 EC vote. Expenditures for the study will be administered by the ERLC, a partner with Greear in the initiative, and reimbursed by the EC on a quarterly basis. Read More

  • Moore: ERLC called during 'crisis of credibility'

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a "crisis of credibility," Russell Moore told the entity's trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting.

    Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC's president. Trustees honored Moore during a Sept. 4 dinner on the eve of the full board's meeting at the SBC Building in Nashville.

    The "crisis of credibility" in America is similar to one John the Baptist was experiencing -- as described in Matthew 11 -- when he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the promised Messiah or should they look for someone else, Moore said in his president's report. Because of the church's failures, the world is now asking if Jesus is the one to come or should it wait for another, he said. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved a seminary president and a courtroom advocate as recipients of the Southern Baptist entity's 2018 awards Wednesday (Sept. 5) during their annual meeting.

    The ERLC board unanimously endorsed R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, for the Distinguished Christian Service Award and Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for the Religious Liberty Award.

    The trustees -- in their meeting at the SBC Building in Nashville -- also unanimously: Read More

  • ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- For the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices -- Nashville and Washington, D.C. The goal of the internship program, which also is in effect at other times of the year, is to equip undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals, with a "Gospel-centered, kingdom-focused perspective" on ... Read More

  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom.

    The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise are the latest in a series of administration actions applauded by defenders of freedom of belief and practice. Yet, some advocates also say more remains to be done by this White House to safeguard religious liberty. Read More

  • Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom in Southeast Asia faces threats from required registration regimes and non-government forces, panelists said at a Capitol Hill discussion co-hosted by a Southern Baptist Convention entity.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined with two other advocacy organizations to hold the July 26 event -- titled "Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom" -- on the third and final day of the State Department's first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) and Boat People SOS also co-hosted the discussion. Read More

  • 'LGBT Christians' conf. draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Revoice Conference for "LGBT Christians," which provoked a messenger question at June's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28.

    Revoice states its aim on the conference website as "Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality." The conference is being hosted by St. Louis's Memorial Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the theologically conservative Presbyterian Church in America. Read More

  • ERLC: Church's internal discourse needs protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (5 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church's internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues. While the current case involves the Catholic Church, a failure to vacate the order also would threaten the religious liberty of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the brief says. Read More

  • ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Moore, the ERLC's president, said the entity will convene a women's summit as a major part of its work in the year ahead. He also told messengers the ERLC is partnering with LifeWay Research in commissioning a full-scale study on the extent of abuse in churches. Read More

  • Sex abuse news 'wake-up call' for pastors, ERLC panel says

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a "divine opportunity" for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The event -- "Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture" -- was held on the eve of the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas and followed months of revelations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct by male leaders in Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches and institutions, as well as in the culture. Panels also addressed the issue in discussions earlier in the day in the SBC exhibit hall, and a rally to protest abuse in the convention was held Tuesday (June 12) outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More