Thursday, January 12, 2006

ABC Through the Eyes of the Christian Media

One reason for clarity in our discussions and decisions relates to how they are perceived in the wider community, both Christian and secular. Christianity Today assesses the current ABC flap as the "American Baptist Non-Breakup." Here is how the venerable CT processes our recent history . . .

The governing board of American Baptist Churches USA (ABC) voted 59-45 on November 24 to add a stand against gay sex to their "We Are American Baptists" statement. Meanwhile, leaders of the Pacific Southwest region, who earlier decided to leave the denomination, announced on December 9 that local congregations will vote in May about whether to leave. But the West Virginia association, the denomination's largest, voted in November to stick with the ABC.

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