Are You a Survivor of Church Abuse?

By | November 26, 2021
Church Abuse

Are you a survivor of church abuse?

People often think of church abuse as sexual abuse, but it covers a variety of bad behaviors, ranging from exclusion of the differently abled, to sexism, to ageism, to sexual harassment, bullying, to financial abuse and more. Indeed, church abuse is but one part of a wide array of bad behavior designed to injure, intimidate, and control.

If so, Anglican Watch would love to here from you. We may be able to write about your experiences, or we welcome guest bloggers. For many, it is an act of power and reclamation to be able to tell the world about their experiences.

And anything you share with us is treated with the utmost confidentiality. We will only publish what you want, when you want. Or not publish at all. It’s your choice.

We’re not mental health professionals, but we understand the value of listening and caring.

And while we emphasize churches and organizations in the Anglican/Episcopal traditions, you can be from any faith background, including non-Christian traditions.

Feel free to use our contact form to get in touch. Or call us any time—if you leave a reasonable message, we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Remember: You’re not alone. We care.

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Joseph Nash

Church abuse is what happens when you fill the pulpits with feminists, homosexuals and unbelievers. We are to be disciples of Christ conforming ourselves to the teachings contained in the Gospel and summarized in the Didache and not editors of the Bible where we only believe that which confirms us in our favorite sins. Clergy who pick and choose from the Gospel will always find an excuse for abuse.

Heather

John Nash. Seriously?! Abuse happens in all types of churches, including conservative ones. Some of the worse of the abuse is in fundamentalist churches with authoritarian leaders. We, as Episcopalians, don’t want any form of abuse, in any degree. Which is why we’re airing out our dirty laundry on this blog. But there is no correlation between TEC theology and abuse.

Editor

Full disclosure: I am openly gay. That said, it is a mistake to conclude that only conservatives have an issue with the current direction of the church. As a liberal, I am appalled at the lack of accountability and integrity within the church.

As to your comments Bill, while we support freedom of speech, including to disagree (which sets us apart from Episcopal Cafe), we encourage you to treat all persons as made in the divine image, worthy of dignity and respect. Further comments will be permitted only to the extent they adhere to this policy.

As to abuse, most is perpetrated by heterosexual men. I encourage you to pursue fact-based concepts and to learn more about these issues.