What is this website?
Welcome. We hope, if you choose to meander about within the pages of this website, that you find enough tantalizing information to corral your curiosity, and yet enough disruptive details to enliven your passion to help pursue redemption to all the brokenness.
This website is a compendium of stories of and about people forced into exhile by the leadership of religious institutions; not to be confused with the appropriate discipline of some for unapologetic abuses. There is a difference, and it is often difficult to determine. This is a place to discuss, expose, address and seek redemption for the silent sickness of forced terminations and forced excommunications being inappropriately instituted as a result of the unacknowledged relational failure and abuse of religious leadership. It is a place to read stories and tell stories; to be angry and to weep; to question and search for understanding; to repent and seek restoration; to do whatever is necessary to help usher some hope and healing into the lives of so many affected by an epidemic that seems to be as elusive as the people perpetuating it.
Why it’s important
We have a problem (refer to the report page for more information). It’s a big one. Even worse, it’s a secret; and it seems no one is supposed to talk about it. Unfortunately, abuse is often woven into the fabric of this problem, which is one of the primary reasons why so few will risk even entering the conversation. But instead of talking about “it”, we perpetuate “it”, and thus the epidemic grows. We hope to shed some light on the darkness of an issue affecting literally millions of people every year. It’s important to talk about the uncomfortable, the risky, the shameful; and then the hope, help and healing that is available for all who will attempt to seek it.
Please, take a look around by viewing our most recent blog posts (CLICK HERE). Join the conversation. Have a story? Leave a story. Need a story? Take a story. There’s a lot of quality food on the table of this issue. We can think of very little as valuable as the ongoing conversations of those willing to sit around and feast on the savory taste of redemption in the making. Help us keep the decay of this issue from taking away the joy of eating together. The table is big enough for anyone who wants to make a better meal.