Since my interview with Jim, I graduated from seminary, was ordained, and started a new church in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (www.LightofChristSeattle.com). My deepest desire for our church is that it becomes a place where people can be honest about their experience with God and the church. One of the deepest privileges in pastoring this group of people is entering into the stories of those who feel hurt by other Christians or by God. Their stories keep me honest about my own.
I also have a special place in my heart for women and men who have experienced sexual abuse inside the church. The issues of sexual abuse are complicated, and they become more so if the abuser is in a pastoral position or if they represent God to you in some other way. In the next year I hope to develop a private online group for discussing these issues. (You can email me if you’d like to be involved. Jennifer@LightofChristSeattle.com )
It was important for me to participate in the Resignation of Eve project because stories like mine are routinely dismissed by many inside the church. I believe that by sharing my story I might encourage someone else who has had a similar story dismissed. I look forward to hearing the stories of readers who relate to what they’ve seen in Resignation of Eve.