"In the Loop," a new feature at the CT women's blog, is designed to keep you on top of the news cycle throughout your week. Handpicked by the blog's editors, these stories are ones we suspect will be of particular interest to evangelical women. Stay tuned as our bloggers go deeper with many of these stories to provide further analysis.
One out of every 33 women who regularly attend worship services have been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, according to a study released by Baylor University researchers last week. Study co-author Diana Garland, dean of Baylor's School of Social Work, told The Washington Post, "With a spiritual leader or moral leader, you've really added a power that we typically don't think about in secular society — which is that this person speaks for God and interprets God for people. And that really adds a power."
The Post also reports on various denominations' efforts to address clergy misconduct and reports some of the study's most alarming statistics: More than two-thirds of the offending clergy were married to someone else at the time of their offense, and close to one in 10 respondents — male and female — reported having known about clergy sexual misconduct occurring in a congregation they had attended.
Kim Clijsters of Denmark won the U. S. Open this weekend, becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam event in nearly 30 years. Even more remarkably, the win came in just her third match since returning from a 27-month retirement that began in May 2007, when she became pregnant with her now-18-month-old daughter, Jada Ellie.
The women provided nearly all the drama, both good and bad, in Flushing this year. ...1
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