Sexual Abuse by Clergy

A Crisis for the Church

By Marie M. Fortune, James Newton Poling

Foreword by Larry Kent Graham

Sexual Abuse by Clergy

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  • ISBN: 9781556356865
  • Pages: 76
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $13.00
Web Price: $10.40
Web Price: $10.40

Sexual Abuse by Clergy

A Crisis for the Church

By Marie M. Fortune, James Newton Poling

Foreword by Larry Kent Graham

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  • ISBN: 9781556356865
  • Pages: 76
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $13.00
Web Price: $10.40

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"Clergy sexual abuse is a horrible reality. These essays reveal that between ten and twenty percent of clergy offend against the integrity of the pastoral relationship and the vulnerability of those entrusted to their care by crossing the boundary from religious service to sexual activity. The survivors of such abuse face terrible consequences of personal and relational brokenness and the loss of God and the church. The church and pastoral care and counseling agencies become conflicted by competing claims about responsibility and paralyzed by the threat of costly lawsuits from all involved parties. And the ongoing failure to bring perpetrators to account and to bring about vindication for the survivors undermines the vitality of our religious communities and the credibility of our message. . . .
"The core theme of these essays is the need to rethink and reconstitute power, including our view of God's power, into genuinely mutual and accountable arrangements. Healing, intimacy, reconciliation, and forgiveness derive from justice and vindication, rather than vice versa. The healing and restoration of persons, and a genuine social advance, will come only when we are able to reconceive power and order our practice of ministry, care, and counseling in non-coercive and non-patriarchal terms. The challenge is a cultural challenge, with serious consequences for elevating those of low degree and bringing the mighty down to the possibility of genuine redemption."
--from the Introduction

Contributors-

Marie M. Fortune
James Newton Poling
Larry Kent Graham

Bio(s)-

Marie M. Fortune is Founder and Senior Analyst of the FaithTrust Institute (formerly The Center for the Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence) in Seattle, Washington. A clergywoman in the United Church of Christ, she is also the author of Is Nothing Sacred? When Sex Invades the Pastoral Relationship.

James N. Poling is Professor of Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He has also taught at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, New York, and Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, Illinois. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, past President of the Society of Pastoral Theology, and author of The Abuse of Power: A Theological Problem.

Larry Kent Graham is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

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