Category Archives: Abuse in the church

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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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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