My friend recently wrote this blog post and I thought this experience from her life may help us all understand more about living with trauma and the importance of boundaries.
This sermon explores how we as a church lament our history and move from using power for ourselves to using our power with generosity, the way Jesus modeled and taught us.
When I first saw Frozen, I didn't quite get it. Why did it resonate with so many people? I actually remember saying I was unsure of the movie because of the “sassiness of some of the characters.” Since then, my perspective has changed.
There are a variety of good practices out there for screening volunteers and staff, I'd love to hear some of your practices, and reviews of screening companies.
Weighty Opportunity for the Church in the #Metoo Era: Leading as the Church Through Humility, Vulnerability and Jesus
These stories aren’t from the worlds of Hollywood, Wall Street, or politics. These are all local people sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment in the #churchtoo.
Our assumption was that sex trafficking during the Super Bowl was the iceberg; but we have since learned it is merely the tip of it.
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.
Looking back at Safe Church Ministry in 2017 and looking forward to another year on mission together with Jesus in 2018.
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.
Hi Bill, you seem to imply that Bonnie, and others, are using Critical Theory, instead of their Christian lens, through following Jesus, and believing biblical justice as the grounds for sharing...posted on: A Reflection: Is This OK?
Thanks Bonnie! My wife works as a physical therapist and in the physical therapy field they may find some patients that never had a severe traumatic event to a muscle or ligiment - however, many...posted on: Help in the Midst of Trauma
Hi James, I believe it will fill up as people login, so there is no need to "register" ahead of time. As mentioned in the post though, we will be live-streaming on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/...
Hi Linda, Thanks for your question! In my opinion, I think it is more geared towards how leaders who have narcissistic tendencies affect those within the system. However, I also think its an...
And, I just saw she has a new book coming out called: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church, you can pre-order it now, but it is not being released until October, 2020...posted on: It's All About Power
Thanks Bev, for pointing these out! Diane Langberg's Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauama Destroys and Christ Restores is terrific. She has a few chapters that are particularly helpful on...posted on: It's All About Power
Thanks Jane, and everyone, for the conversation. Would still love to see more resources shared by those who commented. If you can find Christians who have thoughtfully created resources regarding...
Thanks so much for this post, Staci! I'm thankful for Rachel's voice and the call for all of us to care enough to listen and believe - especially to those who are in vulnerable positions. It is...posted on: May You Know How Much You're Worth
Looking forward to our ongoing work together in Safe Church Ministry! :)
Thanks for your reflections on the past 25 years, Bonnie! If anyone would like to dig into the Abuse of Power report that will be considered for synod this year, check out the supplement to the...