For abuse survivors like Jules Woodson, the Indiana pastor video is all too familiar
By Bob Smietana — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — In a dramatic viral video, an abuse survivor confronted a pastor for abusing her, starting when she was 16. In the video, the pastor admits his sins but the congregation still sides with him.
David raped Bathsheba, and why that matters
By Russell L. Meek — November 1, 2019
(RNS) — If we can use a softer label or somehow chalk sexual violence up to lust or hormones or a woman’s seduction, those who defend or cover up for clergy sexual abuse are off the hook.
Jules Woodson: Andy Savage’s reported return to pulpit is ‘not OK’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 29, 2019
(RNS) — Andy Savage reportedly is planning to start a new church in Memphis, Tennessee.
2018 in review: A year of reckoning for powerful religious figures
By Bob Smietana — December 28, 2018
(RNS) — A year ago Bill Hybels was the pastor of one of the nation's most influential megachurches, Theodore McCarrick was a prince of the Catholic Church, and Michael Curry was the relatively unknown head of a mainline Protestant denomination.
Ending the year #MeToo went to church, Wheaton summit to discuss evangelical response
By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 10, 2018
CHICAGO (RNS) — The Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College will host a one-day evangelical gathering around the topic of sexual abuse this week on the campus of the evangelical Christian school. Some worry it won't go far enough.
Who among us? What the Kavanaugh hearings can teach us about forgiveness
By Katelyn Beaty — September 28, 2018
(RNS) — Time might make memories fuzzy, but it doesn’t erase physical, emotional and spiritual wounds.
Jules Woodson to abuse survivors: ‘You are strong, you are brave and your voice matters’
By Jules Woodson — September 25, 2018
(RNS) — There are numerous reasons that many sexual assault victims wait years to come forward, she says. It's important to understand why.
Weighing the spiritual cost when saints turn out to be scoundrels
By Cathleen Falsani — September 11, 2018
(RNS) — What do we do when we learn our beloved shepherd is actually a predator, or the faith leader we’ve admired all our lives turns out to be unworthy of our trust?
Memphis megachurch pastor resigns following sexual abuse investigation
By Ron Maxey — March 21, 2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (USA Today) — Savage's fall culminates more than two months of accusations and soul-searching over a case that became symbolic of the #churchtoo offshoot of the #metoo movement.
Where is the Church on #MeToo?
By Autumn Miles — January 18, 2018
(RNS) — The Church has operated under a cloud of shame and silence for decades.
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