InterVarsity students. Photo courtesy of InterVarsity

InterVarsity blues

What is to be the reaction of those who are not hostile to evangelicalism and who have had positive experiences with — and, frequently, high regard for — IVCF? Two words: sadness and regret.

Karen Wanjico has designed a workshop to help Americans heal from spiritual abuse. RNS photo by Tracy Simmons/Spokane Faith & Values

Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Spiritual abuse is when authoritarian religious groups use power and control to instill fear and guilt into worshippers. Similar to domestic abuse, if victims don’t deal with the trauma, survivor Karen Wanjico said, it can damage one’s mental health, relationships and worldview.