Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 49
December 6, 2021
Pearl Harbor and Other Traumas
Tomorrow we remember Pearl Harbor Day. That day in 1941 began our nation’s entrance into World War II and gave hundreds of thousands of young men really bad memories. As I child I knew a lot of veterans of that war. Most didn’t want to talk about the war. It was something to walk away from and try to forget. For most, they never had to visit those places of trauma ever again and they were happy about that. War causes abuse, but for most, the war ended.
War, like it or not, changes people. It is by nature, abuse. What happens when the trauma is not from war, but from a place that is not, by nature, supposed to be abusive or traumatic. What happens when abuse comes in church at the hands of people who claim to be committed to follow Jesus and who claim that church is “safe?” How do these people heal? Those who committed the abuse are not “the enemy” and have not been “defeated?” How does one heal when the abusers continue to be respected members or leaders of a church and no justice has been done?
Thanks to the efforts of the Hudson River Care and Counseling Center, a new program to attempt to bring healing to those who have suffered abuse by churches or church members. Clinton Avenue Reformed Church has partnered with this agency to help be catalysts for this healing.
It is an evil sad tragedy that there are some folks who have been abused by people who claim to be “people of faith.” We hope to be real people of faith who can begin to help healing from past wounds.
After months of preparation, Hudson River Care and Counseling Center, has begun recruiting victims who wish to enter this program of healing. My Sanctuary Healing has begun and the first introductory video has been launched. Please see the link below.
Do you know someone who has suffered because of religious abuse? Have you been so abused and need help healing old wounds? You are invited to watch the video link below and begin the first step toward healing. As a faith group hurt you, now let a faith group heal you. Please accept this Christmas Gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church and the Hudson River Care and Counseling Center.
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