Baptists reject proposal to take over women's missionary group - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Baptists reject proposal to take over women's missionary group

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Southern Baptist Convention has
rejected a proposal from its own executive committee to bring the
world's largest Protestant missionary group for women under its
control.

The committee wanted the Woman's Missionary Union either to
explicitly reaffirm its --quoting-- "exclusive promotion" of
Southern Baptist missions or to simply become a branch of the
S-B-C.

But the delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual
meeting -- who are known as "messengers" -- voted down that
proposal last week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Woman's Missionary Union was formed in 1888 and is
considered an "auxiliary" to the denomination, but it has always
been self-governing and financially independent.

Some critics have said the executive committee's proposal was
meant to keep the W-M-U from working with more moderate, non-S-B-C
Baptist groups.


(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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