Category Archives: wholeness

#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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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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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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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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Ten Tips for Having a Healthy Church

Abraham Lincoln once said that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. And the same is true for churches–most are about as healthy as they make up their minds to be. Over the … Continue reading

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