Navigating This Site

SUMMARY. This serves as an index to the pages in the SBC Abuse Solutions site. Titles appear here in the same order as in the menu, and there is a content overview for each page, along with the link. It also includes a few notes on design features.

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Notes

Most of this website consists of reposts of my articles, tweet threads, and other writings. Most pages start out with “Source Notes” that give details of when and where the material first appeared.

There are issues along the way where I only provide basic information and follow-up sources for your own research. I’ve done that intentionally, and it’s often where I believe readers need to research for themselves and develop their own assessment rather than just rely on mine.

Many of the pages contain “slides” with key quotes, content outlines, or other information. These are clickable to see the slide in full-screen format.

Text in red generally signals items I intend to add when I can — typically content that I need to transfer or write, or links to sources.

I am a futurist, which means I’m concerned for the problem situations and resource legacies we leave for next generations. In this, hope is a key concept for perseverance, and positive movement forward. Colors can be symbolic, so for the main colors on this site I chose a warm blue representing eternity and hope, and a light, greyed yellow representing dawn breaking over a dark horizon.

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GENERAL SITE-RELATED INFORMATION

Home.

About. Includes sections about my background in training and in SBC involvements, this blog and why I compiled it, and basics of my approach to challenging systemic abuse.

Navigating This Site. This serves as an index to the pages in the SBC Abuse Solutions site. Titles appear here in the same order as in the menu, and there is a content overview for each page, along with the link. It also includes a few notes on design features.

KEY REFERENCE MATERIAL FOR RESEARCH

Background: #MeToo, #ChurchToo, #SBCToo. These three terms seem similar, but they are not interchangeable. This page overviews their distinct histories, some nuances of meaning, and how they are relevant as part of a trend that is driving a paradigm shift and cultural changes.

Framework for Analyzing SBC Systemic Abuse.This page contains three sections. The first overviews a five-part framework from an institutional point of view, that focuses on a full timeline from past to future:

  1. Identify past abuse.
  2. Hold accountable all who are culpable or complict.
  3. Repair corroded system infrastructures.
  4. Reconcile with abuse survivors.
  5. Document the full trajectory so past problems don’t get repeated.

The second section offers short responses to seven key questions, from the point of view of individuals who are abuse survivors/advocates, and what it is they want from institutions that need to address systemic abuse.

The third section translates those wants into five absolute minimum actions to show good faith by the institution in addressing the needs of abuse survivor communities.

SBC Governing Documents. Governing documents have figured into discussions, actions, and inactions regarding sexual abuse — especially regarding boundaries of “cooperation,” local church autonomy, and authority and processes to expel churches deemed not in alignment with the SBC on responses to sexual abuse issues. This page links to the SBC website posts of key institutional documents: charter, constitution, bylaws, business and financial plan, legal names of all SBC entities, organization manual, and historical versions of the Baptist Faith and Message.

Official SBC Institutional Entities and Statements on Abuse. The SBC Entities webpage describes their overall system thus: “The Southern Baptist Convention conducts its work throughout the year through eleven ministry entities, the SBC Executive Committee (which serves as ‘the fiduciary, the fiscal, and executive entity of the Convention’), and an auxiliary called Woman’s Missionary Union.”

This SBC Abuse Solutions page compiles key details for researching each of those entities, plus the SBC State Conventions and Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders. Details/links included for each: nonprofit corporation’s legal name, address, webpage on the SBC site, entity website, EIN (unique Employer Identification Number issued by the IRS to a 501c3 non-profit corporation), ProPublica profile page (which links to required Forms 990s), and any recent official statement(s) regarding sexual abuse issue. Accrediting agencies are included for the six SBC seminaries.

Annual Meeting Resolutions on Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Human Trafficking. This page links to resolutions passed at SBC annual meetings 2000-2018 on topics related to sexual abuse, clergy and sexuality, human trafficking, and abuse in general.

2000-2019 – SBC HISTORICAL ISSUES, ACTIONS, AND CRITIQUES

Year-by-Year Listing of Select News Items, Resources, Responses 2000-2019. This page summarizes and links to key historical materials and news/analysis from 2000-2019, many from official SBC sources. Topics relate to ongoing issues of sexual abuse and sexual predators in SBC churches and institutions.

“Caring Well” Ministry Resources 2019. In 2019, the SBC President’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Group (SAAG), and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in partnership with LifeWay, produced resources under the overall title of “Caring Well.” These include an online curriculum of print and video materials, a 12-month congregational challenge educational program, and a report on sexual abuse issues with a set of 10 top takeaway points. The ERLC changed the focus of its annual conference over to sexual abuse. (This page includes sources for researching details and critiques of Caring Well resources and events.)