Creating Discussion

February 20, 2007

After several months of being urged to take action, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention actually met today to discuss the important issue of combating clergy sex abuse. It will be very interesting to see if anything comes out of today’s discussion. Leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and other Clergy and the Voice to Stop Baptist Predators have been trying to raise awareness, and Ethics Daily has run numerous articles about their efforts. Today’s piece about the discussion at the Executive Committee meeting of the SBC also includes a link to a video shot by Ethics Daily on the issue (I believe they are planning to include original video when they can to make the news more dynamic and informative). Regardless of what comes out of today’s discussion, this demonstrates the power of speaking out. If one remains focused and on message, people will eventually begin to listen.

UPDATE [2-21-07]: Ethics Daily has a piece today about how the discussion went at the meeting. Unfortunately, it seems I was overly optimistic about it. I think there was a little progress here in that the leaders are now actually aware of the issue. However, they did not seem to be open to taking any needed action and seemed to be more concern with defending their reputations. More work is still needed.