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Episode 5: Peter's Story

Episode 5: Peter's Story

2022-07-2101:09:55

Today we’re joined by Peter, a survivor who shares a bit of his story and amazing quantities of wisdom through his sober critique of the ways churches handle disclosures of clergy abuse.  We are so grateful for Peter’s openness and insight.If you, or someone you know, is the victim of clergy abuse of any kind, you are not alone.  Hagar’s Voice exists to support and stand with you. www.HagarsVoice.com
In this episode we’re joined by Hagar’s Voice co-founder, Danielle Strickland.  It’s an informal chat about our origin story, the original Hagar character from scripture, theologies that promote the types of abuses we’re seeing in religious spaces right now & how to keep hope alive.  It was a delight to have her, enjoy!Gender narratives about God referenced from Danielle’s book “Better Together”Hope concepts previewed from her up-coming book “The Other Side of Hope”Danielle does a lot of work in justice and social improvement, check out her other involvements at DanielleStrickland.com If you're a survivor, we're here for you. Don't hesitate to reach out contact.hagarsvoice@gmail.com
Episode 3: Christie's Story

Episode 3: Christie's Story

2022-06-1701:24:58

Show Notes:In this episode Christie shares about the direct link between the narrative she received about her gender & the vulnerability that created for her to be groomed.  There is so much to be gleaned from Christie’s story whether you’re a survivor, a religious leader, a parent or a woman who has questions about her safety.  We are so grateful for Christie’s courage to share & her entirely unique way of seeing the world - we stand in solidarity with her call for us to make changes & honor her for the brave way she shows up in the world.Here are some resources you might find helpful as they relate to our conversation in episode 3:A series of recommended resources if you’re leaning into a growing awareness of the gender dynamics in North America…looking to embrace a narrative about women that prevents abuse, promotes equity & protects victims of abuse as they come forward.A resource for proofing your teens/children from grooming and abuseWe highly recommend checking out www.RestoredVoicesCollective.com, a survivor-led community for survivors of adult clergy sexual abuse.  A beautiful environment of solidarity, safety & encouragement, we are so grateful for the work they do!
Episode 2: Heather's Story

Episode 2: Heather's Story

2022-06-0301:00:58

In episode 2 we hear from a pastor in a small congregation whose story of abuse was only the beginning of the pain and loss.  Heather shares how her most difficult obstacle to healing was the ramifications of what happened once she disclosed her abuse, but she also shares beautiful and grace-filled insights on how we can learn to do better.  Thank you, Heather, for your courage to share and for the wisdom of your story that prompts us to include some links below to resources to continue the conversation in our own spaces!Heather provided a succinct definition of Clergy Sexual Abuse that was so helpful.  If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of that phrase and the topic in general, this simple yet quality resource might be of value to you.  Understanding Sexual Abuse by a Church Leader or Caregiver (2nd edition) by Heather BlockTrauma Informed Churches is an organization dedicated to making churches a safe place for those who have experienced trauma of any kind or at any age.  Full of insight and practical guidance, it’s a great place for anyone in a religious space to gain understanding & skills in creating safe spaces. https://www.traumainformedchurches.org/Heather spoke of a theology of emotion, for those who are processing the grief of clergy abuse, perhaps this grief ball resource can be helpful as it names the emotions involved in grief and visualizes how they are intertwined together.Post-Recording Note from Heather:Thank you for listening and I am praying my story will be of encouragement to you.  I pray that you will be ignited with hope because of the ‘fever of love’ Jesus has for you and his desire for you to be healed and restored!I would like to note, since my resignation in July of 2021 I no longer hold the title of Pastor. To my surprise my credentials were removed upon my resignation BUT I still hold my calling. I lost community, income, employment, reputation, the list goes on, all because I found my voice and stood my ground. I resigned due to my principals and because of the destruction left in the wake of broken trust.Walking away for me was not not failure, it was freedom!To my fellow survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse, breathe deep and receive freedom as you navigate the road least traveled and as you step into all God has for you in your healing journey!Receive peace in Jesus name, you are not alone!—HeatherIf you, or someone you know, has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse, Hagar's Voice is working together to stop the abuse & start building a better way. We are here for you, you are not alone. www.HagarsVoice.com 
In episode 1 of the Hagar's Voice podcast, we hear the story of Heidi, a pastor in the Four Square denomination who suffered sexual harassment from her fellow pastor (the president of Ignite Academy) and then a secondary trauma in the disclosure process. We honor Heidi for her courage to raise her voice in solidarity with her own story, on behalf of others who have experienced deep pain in their religious space, and in an effort to protect others who may be in harm's way for future abuse.Heidi has offered the full results of the investigation (updated link) done in her case, as well as her timeline of events and a letter to her Four Square family in a desire to walk in full transparency.  Heidi's courage to tell her story is a model of the courage we will need as we hear stories like this. The courage to believe a better way can be developed in the Church. The courage to value survivors even as their stories disrupt and disturb us. The courage to love our enemies. The courage to pray for a continued unearthing of this cancer of abuse that's harming the Church from the inside out.If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse, Hagar's Voice is working together to stop the abuse & start building a better way. We are here for you, you are not alone. www.HagarsVoice.com 
Welcome to the launch of the Hagar's Voice Podcast.  Here's a brief intro, backstory and the hope for this channel.If you, or someone you know, is a victim of clergy sexual abuse, we are here for you.  You are not alone.  Visit www.HagarsVoice.com
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