The use and misuse of power

Apr 29, 2021 by

David Banting reviews Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy, the 2015 publication from Church House, in the light of recent revelations and insights.    Abusus non tollit usum?[1] All institutions now seem to have their ‘Achilles heels’. They have been exposed as the misuse of authority and power – the armed services, the police, the Government, the professions, public schools, the beautiful game of football, the Church, certainly Roman Catholic and Church of England, all...

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Report on Jonathan Fletcher

Mar 24, 2021 by

The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review by Thirtyone:eight concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon was published on Tuesday 23 March. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the ‘Walking With’ website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective...

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Final report published of our independent Lessons Learned review

Mar 23, 2021 by

From Thirtyone:eight: The full and final report of the independent Lessons Learned review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon has been published today. The 146 page report, which also contains an audit of the current safeguarding arrangements at Emmanuel Church Wimbledon can be accessed on the Walking With website here. The report contains 66 separate recommendations grouped together under 18 themes which range from leadership and accountability, to effective...

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What is Spiritual Abuse?

Feb 11, 2021 by

by Michael J Kruger, Canon Fodder: As noted in a prior post, I have begun a new blog series—called “Bully Pulpit”—on the growing problem of spiritual abuse in the church. Before we get too far down the road, we have to pause and define exactly what we mean by spiritual abuse. We begin by noting what we are not talking about. First, we are not talking here about any kind of physical abuse, such as hitting or striking someone. Second, we are not talking about sexual abuse—whether that involves...

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It’s Not Over – Evangelicals, Abuse and a Call for a Gospel-shaped Repentance

Jan 1, 2021 by

by David Ould: What a year 2020 has been. What seemed like a localised event far far away has spread to affect so many of us. If it’s not hit your church community yet, it can only be a matter of time. I wish I was talking about covid. But the reality is that there’s been another contagion rippling across our world: Abuse by evangelicals. It’s not over – a stream of reports of abuse The abuse has taken many forms and been revealed by many brave people. Only this last year we’ve heard...

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To help these lost children, throw money at marriage, not care homes

Nov 16, 2020 by

by Ann Farmer, The Conservative Woman: THE Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, has just issued a series of reports showing how the residential social care system is ‘broken and is failing many of the most vulnerable children’. The contents are frankly horrifying. If it was an account from pre-perestroika Eastern Europe we might not have been surprised. But it is not. It is in 21st century Great Britain that children are being ‘dumped’ in rat-infested care homes, that...

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