The Abuse Awareness topic for Safe Church last year was The Sex Industry and the Church. After I sent out a letter to pastors across the CRC about our topic, I had many great conversations with old and new friends.
Silence is no longer an option. In this watershed #MeToo moment, the Church must be ready to respond to sexual abuse. How will it happen in your classis?
A must listen for the church: Rachael Denhollander powerfully delivers her Victim Impact Statement. Let’s listen, empathize, and respond with sacrificial actions in our communities.
A recent article in Christianity Today highlights a few of the reasons why it can be difficult for those who have survived abuse to be in church.
When a tragedy like the shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX, occurs, it's normal for church members to wonder what they would do if a similar thing happened to their congregation. Let's talk.
There is an “us” and “them” mentality that is intrinsic when you are a survivor and this is plays out in the church. “If the church knew what I lived through or had done, people would never speak to me again,” I thought.
The movement of #metoo didn’t start overnight. It didn’t even start after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out. Movements are slow things that hopefully last for the long haul.
Our church is looking at its child protection policies and are at the point where we could likely do all of our training in house. How do we know our training will be sufficient for insurance companies?
Safe Church is confronting the pervasive darkness of the sex industry as an evil that destroys lives not just "out there," but in our homes and neighborhoods.
One day Art Briles was celebrated as the new assistant head coach for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, a professional football team in the Canadian Football League. The next day the appointment was rescinded. Why?
The troubling reality is that pornography, shown to be damaging to children, remains a pervasive problem easily accessible to children — even through supposedly safe education resources like EBSCO.
In contrast to God’s beautiful design, the sex industry takes an incredible gift and uses greed, violence and coercion to exploit God’s image in people and to destroy God’s design for relationship.