There are not two sides to every story. Stop making excuses. Stop lecturing people. Learn to listen.
Surviving Church, my general blogging platform on church abuse, is back! Operating under the twin domains of surviving.church and anglicanwatch.com, the site offers a non-evangelical approach to abuse, while welcoming diverse perspectives. Content is both original and syndicated from a variety of sister blog, including Episcopal Cafe, the Wartburg Watch, Wade Mullen and more. Early traffic is good, and… Read More »
As things gear up for a possible lawsuit in the coming weeks against Bob Malm, Grace Episcopal Church, and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, a recent state Supreme Court spells bad news for the potential defendants. In a nearly unanimous decision, the court overturned a lower court dismissal of a tortious claim of negligence against the the denomination,… Read More »
The following, used with the permission of the Rev. Wade Mullen, is an excellent piece on how abusers weave webs of deceit to hide their actions. I believe it well describes Bob Malm’s smear campaigns directed at me, as well as his efforts to convince people that they are threatened by “domestic terrorism,” — a phrase directly from… Read More »
It’s been an intertesting day for the Church of England. Today was the final day of hearings by the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, a commission that is examining the role of the church in child sex abuse. Among those testifying was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who had been criticized during previous sessions as unfit… Read More »
Following is a screen cap of an excellent Twitter thread from Wade Mullen, a baptist minister who does a lot of work on abuse. Find Wade on Twitter at @wad3mullen.
One of the things about churches and abuse is how consistent the former is when it comes to abuse. Consider the similarities between the recent findings of the independent investigation into abuse in the Church of England (CoE) and how Presiding Bishop Michael Curry handles allegations of clergy abuse. In the recent investigation into the CoE and its… Read More »
As many now know, an independent commission in the UK recently released a scathing report on abuse in the Church of England. The report had its genesis in allegations of abuse involving Bishop Ball, who had ties that extended all the way to the British royal family. Sadly, the report sounds very much like the Diocese of Virginia… Read More »
On May 21st, 2013, my life changed forever. My house church in Redlands, CA, became a cult, put me on trial, and tried to coerce me to sign a contract that forbade questioning the leadership. They called such questions “slander.” The antinomian teachings of Hyper Grace had taken hold of this fifty-member community, and they ultimately shunned me,… Read More »
I saw this op-ed on the Chicago Sun-Times. It is reprinted with permission. Imagine if the church said, ‘I’m sorry’ By John W. Fountain “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and… Read More »