Abuse and the Church

Are you following Rachel Held Evans’ latest series, “Into the Light: A Series on Abuse and the Church”?

This eye-opening series calls attention to an epidemic that touches all of our lives in one way or another and is wildly out of control in the church and in the wider culture.

The series features courageous and moving posts by abuse survivors, as well as solid advice from experts with years of experience working with survivors of abuse.

This is one of the most serious issues facing the church today and all of us need to be better informed so we can raise the issue with leaders in our churches and organizations and direct them to credible resources that will help us all become part of the solution, instead of contributing to the suffering despite our best intentions.

The latest post today, “Are you getting proper treatment for your sexual abuse? 7 questions to consider”, is a rich resource written by Dr. Phil Monroe, a psychologist with 25+ years experience of counseling abuse survivors.

Phil is on the faculty at Biblical Seminary (where Frank becomes president this July) and is a colleague of Dr. Diane Langberg. Together they direct Biblical’s  Global Trauma Recovery Institute  a ground breaking training program for trauma counselors—another big reason why Frank and I are excited about joining the Biblical Seminary community.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a counseling professional, you should check it out. 

The series runs all week, but here the other posts so far:

“The Scar of Sexual Abuse” by Mary DeMuth 
“No More Silence: An interview with Boz Tchividjian of G.R.A.C.E.”
“Today’s Journey: Thoughts on Healing” from Grace Biskie

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