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A new position to coordinate efforts against institutional sexism and sexual misconduct in the United Methodist Church has been handed to a man by the denomination’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Darryl Stephens, a deacon and a visiting assistant professor of Christian social ethics at the UMC-related Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, will start full-time on April 27. Noting that women are often favored for dealing with women’s issues, M. Garlinda Burton, the commission’s chief executive, said she thinks Stephens will bring “a fresh perspective.” Among his tasks will be strengthening prevention education and developing training for the handling and just resolution of sexual misconduct complaints.


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