Category Archives: Spiritual Abuse

Who Are The Prophets in Charismatic Churches?

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury and Vicar of St Mary’s, Battersea Years ago I was invited by my then bishop to attend a day conference on Deliverance Ministry, about which he was a … Continue reading

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LLF: The Cost of Careless Talk and Needless Silence

by Savitri Hensman, community worker, author of “Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness” and LGBTI+ equality activist The damage often done to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people in the Church of England has been much discussed lately. At the … Continue reading

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LLF: Please Break the Silence, Bishops

by Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine’s College of Theology  How long must I bear pain in my soul,    and have sorrow in my heart all day long? (Psalm 13) Since LLF was published … Continue reading

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LLF – That Video, Those Principles & a Call for a Public Inquiry

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia, Member of General Synod and Director of the Ozanne Foundation I made myself sit down and watch the Church of England’s Evangelical Council’s “Beautiful Story” video yesterday, which, like reading the massive tome Living … Continue reading

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LLF – Power, Fear & Our Inability To Do The Right Thing

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, Member of General Synod and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation Barak Obama has written the first volume of his memoirs.  In a fascinating interview about A Promised Land … Continue reading

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LLF – Patience & Pain

by the Venerable Peter Leonard, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight and Chair of OneBodyOneFaith How long are LGBT+ Christians expected to carry the painful emotional cost of being part of an unsafe church? After a break of some 12 … Continue reading

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LLF – Waiting for Godot

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University and member of Living in Love and Faith project So it’s over. The resources are published, the initial reactions registered. In the run-up to publication, there was … Continue reading

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Collusion, Hypocrisy & the Greasy Pole to Success

by Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine’s College of Theology For those with ears to hear, the past few weeks have highlighted a very clear theme in the abuse scandal in the Church … Continue reading

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World Without End…?

by the Bishop of Buckingham, Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson On 13 August 2012 ministry took a new path for me. A journalist had alerted me to untoward goings on in Sussex. Young peoples’ lives had been damaged. The Church … Continue reading

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Safeguarding, ‘Reabuse’ and LGBT People

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury and member of the Archbishops’ Council Last Tuesday was perhaps the most shameful day in the history of the Church of England for hundreds of years. Forensically, the … Continue reading

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