(ChurchLeaders) Eight people who have survived abuse at the hands of leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have published a joint statement calling for several “immediate actions” ahead of the SBC’s annual meeting. But Monday morning, the SBC Executive Committee (EC) decided not to consider a motion that presents some of the SBC sexual abuse survivors’ very requests.
“We come now collectively, as SBC sexual abuse survivors, to make our wishes known in regard to the ongoing crisis of the sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention,” says the joint statement. Jules Woodson, whose abuser, Andy Savage, recently started his own church, is one of the signees. She posted the statement on Twitter on June 13, saying, “I want to make sure every #SBC21 messenger and leader knows exactly where #SBC survivors stand! If you want the pdf file to print copies and pass out in Nashville, please DM me.”