I reviewed Christy's Sims book "Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know About Healing Trauma" for the Christian Century. Read the review here. You can order Survivor Care here. (an Amazon affiliate link.) … [Read more...] about Survivor Care: What Religious Professionals Need to Know About Healing Trauma, a book review
One of the blessings of being a writer is connecting with other creative persons exploring similar topics. An artist named Cheryl Prose makes #MeToo art pieces. One is based on my memoir. Cheryl and I co-wrote a blogpost for NextChurch. Read "Art Giving Voice to #MeToo" here (with photos). I urge … [Read more...] about Art Giving Voice to Trauma: the #MeToo Art Project
This nasty political season (writing Nov 2016) has gone on so long that I am tempted to embrace nastiness. Ever since Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “nasty” during the third presidential debate, many feminists have embraced the word. I get it. As a member of a group that’s both feisty and … [Read more...] about Confronting Contempt, the Seed-bed of Abuse
When I wrote my memoir RUINED, I chose to not disguise the identity of my college. I was curious as to how the Calvin College community would react. As a young woman (in 1983) I had intentionally stepped out of the world of the Christian Reformed Church and entered a different one. My new tent was … [Read more...] about Re-engaging the World that Shaped Me
Clergywomen face unique challenges. Today's "Ask the Matriarch" column at RevGalBlogPals addresses a question about enforcing boundaries with a person who is hurting: Dear Matriarchs, What’s a gal chaplain to do? I work in hospice and I try hard to be professional and do my job well. What does one … [Read more...] about Is He Hitting On Me? A Clergywoman & Bereaved Guy
I'm one of the Matriarchs over at RevGalBlogPals, and today's "Ask the Matriarch" question was especially complex: An accused sex offender has asked if I will conduct his funeral. He is terminally ill. I want to minister to this person and the family, but I am struggling. Family members were among … [Read more...] about Conduct a Funeral for a Sex Offender?