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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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When Nice Ain’t So Nice: Eight Dangers of Being Churchy Nice

Some years ago, BYU magazine ran a great article titled, “When Nice Ain’t So Nice.” It was a telling and insightful look into LDS society, which often places a high priority on being nice, even when perhaps not the right … Continue reading

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Shocking, Disgraceful and Appalling: LA Diocese Continues to Play Games with St. James the Great

The Diocese of Los Angeles continues to play petty power games with the church of St, James the Great Continue reading

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Healing After Clergy Misconduct: How to Help Churches Move Towards Wholeness

In this post, I want to explore how churches heal after clergy misconduct. Specifically, I want to explore the questions, “What does it take for a church to heal? How can church officials help a church heal?” First, an important … Continue reading

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The Need for Congregational Ethics Policies in The Episcopal Church and Other Progressive Faith Communities

My bet is that, when you saw the title of this post, you thought, “Why would we need that? This is a church, after all.” Or, you said to yourself, “Doesn’t the Bible provide the guidance we need?” Natural reactions, … Continue reading

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Healthy Churches: Families of Unconditional Love

Note from editor: This article was written by the Rev. Stephen Parsons a retired priest in the Church of England and an expert on abusive churches, and is reposted with permission. Visit his wonderful blog at http://www.survivingchurch.org. My hope is … Continue reading

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Clergy Abuse: Is Forgiveness Possible?

Yesterday’s lectionary reading was about forgiveness. That brings up the question: In cases of abuse by clergy, is forgiveness always possible or even desirable? Based on my own experiences with an abusive member of the clergy, I think the answer … Continue reading

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Ten Signs Your Church is Dying

Attending church no longer is normative. As a result, almost all denominations are experiencing decline. But that decline is spread unevenly, with some churches in a death spiral, others holding steady, and others doing well despite these trends. So how … Continue reading

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The Perils of the Fauxpology (Or How NOT to Fix Things When You’ve Hurt Someone)

Of all the places we spend time, you would think that churches would be places where people understand conflict and know how to work through it in positive ways, wouldn’t you? Seems sensible enough, but my experience is that churches, … Continue reading

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Eight Steps to Avoiding Toxic Clergy

Numerous studies show that there is a very high percentage of predators among clergy. Not just sexual predators, but emotional predators as well. These individuals, present in every faith system, inevitably cause lasting harm to their houses of worship and … Continue reading

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