Some time ago, I contacted the Rev. Stephen Parsons, a retired priest in the Church of England and an expert on shunning and abusive churches. I forwarded him materials related to my conflict with Bob Malm, and here is his comment on Bob’s program of shunning and exclusion: Of course, Bob also chose to include Mike in his… Read More »
There’s a great comment on the Rev. Stephen Parson’s blog, Surviving Church, under his original post about shunning in church, “Shunning — a barbaric practice.” The author, based in the US, says: Stephen, thank you for this post. I emailed you a while back about some things I’ve realized about my church culture – white US evangelical, in… Read More »
Good story on the effects of shunning and exclusion: http://www.macon.com/living/religion/article208478454.html
It’s interesting to note that one of the things folks assume about this blog is that it’s a “gotcha” effort. But the reality is far more complex. One well-documented effect of shunning is feelings of despair and hopelessness. At the start of Bob Malm’s campaign of shunning, I and my family did, indeed, suffer this feeling of utter… Read More »
Remember the old “how many people does it take to change a lightbulb,” joke? In the Episcopal church, the answer is “one to change the bulb, 20 to complain that it’s always been dark on those stairs, and how dare you change that?”. So, serious question: How many does it take to bully? The answer is at least… Read More »
New and improved! No appeals process required! Distributors, contact regional sales director Bob Malm at 703-549-1980 to learn more! Remember, shunning: It’s not just for cults, Scientologists and Jehovah’s Witnesses any more!