FILE - In this Wednesday, June 12, 2019 file photo, J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, talks about sexual abuse within the SBC on the second day of the SBC's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. Greear blamed the crisis on years of cover-ups, but praised a new anti-abuse curriculum being offered to all of its churches and seminaries, and he said they must do better in screening potential pastors. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

September 30, 2019 - 10:33 am

The Southern Baptist Convention has been entangled in a sex-abuse crisis for the past two years. Now it's preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism, even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day Caring Well conference will open near Dallas on Thursday, drawing hundreds of pastors and church officials from the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. The program features victim advocates, attorneys, therapists and at least 10 survivors of sexual abuse.

Several of those survivors say they have mixed feelings about the conference — hoping it represents a genuine desire for change but concerned it might come across as a public relations exercise.

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