Category Archives: Spiritual Abuse

Trauma & Tragedy in Congregations & Communities

by the Revd Hilary Ison, Project Team Member for Trauma and Tragedy in Congregations The local church often finds itself at the centre of response in situations of tragedy and trauma, ‘opening the doors’ of the church for refuge for … Continue reading

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The Whitewashing of Spiritual Leaders – Is Vanier Like Weinstein?

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, Member of General Synod and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation It is old news now. As it broke there was a surprising amount of interest in the media … Continue reading

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Love, Sex, Hypocrisy & Power

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of Via Media News and Director of the Ozanne Foundation Abridged version of speech to William Temple Association, Bournemouth given on February 3rd 2020 and reported in The Guardian Most of you, I’m sure, will be … Continue reading

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Abusers of Faith

by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, Member of General Synod and Vice-Chair of the Ozanne Foundation In June 2017 the Church of England published the Gibb Report An Abuse of Faith, an independent enquiry into … Continue reading

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The Fallout from Tribal Scrums

by the Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester With England in a Rugby World Cup final, it’s a good weekend to allow ourselves to be a little bit tribal. I’m not intending to paint a St George’s Cross on … Continue reading

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Safeguarding & Sexuality – Are We Throwing Money In the Right Direction?

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University and lay preacher in the Diocese of Oxford A recent invitation to take my fourth safeguarding course made me reflect on all the work that has been going … Continue reading

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Shhh….It’s Secret!!

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham and Member of General Synod ‘The vows you are about to take are made in the presence of God, who is judge of all and knows all the … Continue reading

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Safeguarding & Survival Systems – Loyalty vs Trust

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper & the Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham – co-authors of ‘To Heal and Not to Hurt’ In an interesting quirk of coincidence the book that we co-wrote, To Heal and not to … Continue reading

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A Via Media in Safeguarding?

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury  Via Media is billed as Rediscovering the Middle Ground. Among the polarisations within the church today is the one that exists between what we might not-quite-helpfully identify as … Continue reading

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“Spiritual Abuse” – A Pandora’s Box?

by the Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker, Rector of Streatham and past member of General Synod In Greek mythology Pandora is created by Zeus and given as a wedding gift to the brother of his enemy Prometheus along with a jar … Continue reading

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