God Help Us – Spiritual Abuse
Abuse of all kinds will continue until we begin to fully recognize the image of God in each individual.
In this episode, Annie talks with the Reverend Ashley Easter about spiritual and sexual abuse. Ashley is a Christian feminist, writer, speaker, television producer, news pundit, ordained reverend, and abuse-victim advocate who educates churches and secular communities on abuse. She is the founder of The Courage Conference for survivors of abuse and those who love them.
In her work as an advocate, Ashley teaches a theology of safety – that by understanding that we’re all made in the image of God, we understand we are all each other’s keepers. Abusing another person or mistreating survivors after the fact is just not an option when we take seriously the image of God in all people, particularly the most vulnerable.
And this can and should be applied outside of faith communities as well. Choosing to hold leaders accountable in every realm of society is essential for the safety of our communities.
In this episode, Ashley recommends watching the movie Spotlight, following the work of Pastor Lyvonne Proverbs, and learning about the nonprofit GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment.
To attend the Courage conference or find more content from Ashley, visit ashleyeaster.com or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @ashleyeaster. To sign up for the Emerge Retreat in Monterey California February 21-23, 2020, visit theemergeretreat.com.
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