religion

sbcannualmeeting.net

NASHVILLE, Tenn (OSBORNE) -- The Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention has voted to change the way it handle cases of sexual abuse and racism among member churches.

 

The Baptist Press says that on Tuesday delegates to the SBC annual national meeting in Birmingham voted overwhelmingly to expel churches that fail to handle such incidents appropriately.

 

They also voted to repurpose a church credentialing committee to investigate churches that fail to abide by the new guidelines.

 

whitehouse.gov

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A Tennessee researcher says support is eroding among conservative Christians for the separation of church and state.  

Joseph Baker is a sociologist at East Tennessee State. He specializes in the study of religion. Dr. Baker says conservative Christians have traditionally been staunch supporters of church-state separation. He cites the Tennessee based Southern Baptist Convention as an example.

Scarritt-Bennett Center

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  What will religion and spirituality look like in years to come?  That’s the big question being explored this weekend during the “Big I” conference being held at the Wisdom House at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.

More than 20 speakers from across the nation and representing different faith backgrounds will be on hand to offer their insights. The conference will include both formal presentations and opportunities for attendees to interact with the featured speakers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  WMOT News told you yesterday about the American Civil Liberties Union and the Sumner County Board of Education settling a law suit claiming the system was promoting Christianity.

In a consent decree announced earlier this week schools officials agreed to a long list of changes.  However, David French, the attorney who represented the school system in the case, downplayed the scope of those changes when he spoke with WMOT.