Today on Advent Next podcasts we are discussing the church and trauma with Drs. David and Beverly Sedlacek, Co-Founders of Into HIS Rest Ministries, and authors of the book, "Cleansing the Sanctuary of the Heart: Tools for Emotional Healing."
If the ministry of Christ could be summed up in a single word, I think it would be "healing." And yet often as a church, we can do a poor job supporting victims of trauma and abuse, whether it be sexual abuse, addiction, domestic violence, recovering from dysfunctional family dynamics or just the injury of growing up in a sin-sick world. Trauma has the ability to profoundly affect our walks of faith, and yet it's often treated as a taboo subject.
So today, we're going to discuss how trauma affects our walk of faith and how we can better support one another in our communities to encourage each other on the journey of healing. We will also discuss some factors that keep us from having open, honest and vulnerable conversations as well as how churches create safe spaces where members can have access to both support and resources that will enable them to get the help they need for an emotionally healthy spiritual journey.
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