Restoring the Soul of a Church: Healing Congregations Wounded by Clergy Sexual Misconduct

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The Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute has commissioned this pastoral work which focuses on the healing of congregations following clergy sexual misconduct. The book discusses the original problem of sexual misconduct and exploitation and then focuses on those neglected "secondary" victims of abuse: the congregation, the wider community, other clergy, the wider church, the offender's family, and the pastor who takes over.
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Overview

The Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute has commissioned this pastoral work which focuses on the healing of congregations following clergy sexual misconduct. The book discusses the original problem of sexual misconduct and exploitation and then focuses on those neglected "secondary" victims of abuse: the congregation, the wider community, other clergy, the wider church, the offender's family, and the pastor who takes over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814623336
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 1,331,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Primary Victim-Survivors and Offenders
". . . that which is hidden will be revealed" (Luke 12:2) 3
Healing for Victims 23
The Unhealed Wounders 33
Pt. 2 Secondary Victims
Wounded Congregations 55
Understanding Congregational Dynamics 75
The Effects of the Misconduct Crisis on Non-offending Clergy 102
The Effects of Clergy Sexual Misconduct on the Wider Church 116
The Offender's Family 140
Afterpastors in Troubled Congregations 155
Further Issues for Afterpastors 165
Communicating with the Wider Community 173
One Reporter's Story 184
Pt. 3 Intervention and Long-Term Healing
Living Through the Crisis 201
Long-Term Healing 232
Conclusion 251
Contributors 254
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