Author Archives: Eric Bonetti

About Eric Bonetti

I'm a cradle Episcopalian, living in Northern Virginia. My interests include writing, policy, sports, cooking, volunteer work, good food and wine, and teaching kids' cooking classes. I retired in 2017 and now just work for fun. I'm also a regular contributor to Episcopal Cafe, and have been published at HuffPo and other major sites and publications.

#Metoo: Why I Left The Episcopal Church

Having spent almost my entire life in The Episcopal Church (TEC), and being an unabashed liberal, some might say I would seem an unlikely candidate to leave TEC. But that’s exactly what I recently did, and I’d like to share … Continue reading

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Why the Episcopal Church’s “Pastoral Response” to #Metoo Is a Mistake

A few days ago, possibly in preparation for the coming triennial general convention of The Episcopal Church, the House of Bishops extended an invitation to those who have experienced abuse or harassment to share their stories. The purpose, the House … Continue reading

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Disturbing Commentary In the Jules Woodson Case

Most of you will by now know of Jules Woodson, the young lady whose youth pastor, Andy Savage, molested her as a teen. The story broke jointly with The Wartburg Watch and another blog, and has since gained worldwide attention. … Continue reading

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New Study Suggests that 72% of Churchgoers Suffer Spiritual Abuse

Note from publisher: My apologies for the dearth of posts the last few weeks, as I’ve been caught up in several personal matters. The original of this piece appeared on SurvivingChurch.org, a UK-based website that focuses both on abuse in … Continue reading

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When Churches Can’t Heal

Have you ever been in a church that is mired in conflict? One where chaos and disagreement have become the norm? Almost invariably, there are a few specific reasons for this. This post explores those reasons. One common reason is … Continue reading

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Abused in Church? Know Your Rights

One of my policies, generally speaking, is to avoid politics. While I make no apology for being progressive, I also feel that it is best to focus on abuse on church, versus larger political issues. That said, the recent wave … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Episcopal Priest Michael Glenn Rich Arrested on Allegations of Child Pornography

A well-known Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Alabama, the Rev. Michael Glenn Rich, has been arrested on three charges of possessing child pornography. Formerly a professor of journalism at Auburn University, Rich was ordained in 2006. Most recently, he … Continue reading

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Anglican Consultative Council’s Safe Church Commission Gives Grounds for Hope

One of the disappointing things about many progressive churches, including The Episcopal Church (of which I am a member), is that they largely ignore abuse within the church that doesn’t involve sex, drugs, violence, or mayhem. That is unfortunate, for … Continue reading

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Joyful News for Diocese of LA and St. James the Great

Joyful news, as the Diocese of LA and St. James the Great move towards reconciliation
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Ten Steps to Making Your Church Safer

For years, churches were the one safe place in our communities. Many stood open around the clock to provide quiet places for worship, contemplation, and refuge from the storms of life. Today, it is a rare church indeed that stays … Continue reading

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