Some Clergy Unequipped to Minister to Abused

Some Clergy Unequipped to Minister to Abused

Most Protestant pastors (73%) believe they are “somewhat equipped” for trauma care ministry, but they feel less able to effectively minister to those who have experienced forms of abuse, according to a Barna Group report published Aug. 4. For example, 88% feel...
When Your Trauma Triggers Itself into Vivid Remembrance

When Your Trauma Triggers Itself into Vivid Remembrance

It is impossible to overestimate the impact of a traumatic experience on any individual or group. In my experience – with myself and with others – the injury that occurs when an assault takes place on body or mind has lasting and unpredictable aftereffects. I offer an...
A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

I am an orphan in fact now, not by design, though I was that as well. My mother died Friday evening, March 20. Hazel Elaine Smith (Ewing), 90 years old, who said a year ago she hoped she’d fall asleep and never wake up and was ticked as the dickens when the sun rose...