First-time attendee Woodson spoke through tears as she described being abused sexually by a Southern Baptist minister.
A blistering report on the Southern Baptist Convention’s mishandling of sex abuse allegations is raising the prospect that the denomination, for the first time, will create a publicly accessible database of pastors and other church personnel known to be abusers.
“Those recommendations will be open to questions, debate and comments on the meeting floor,” said SBC President Ed Litton.
He expressed hope that the shocking findings in the Guidepost report will bring “lasting change” to the SBC, America’s largest Protestant denomination.
Among the Guidepost report’s findings was that the Executive Committee kept a secret list of hundreds of SBC-affiliated clergy and other personnel identified as sex abusers.
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