We have many wonderful people in the Ashland area. How do we handle it when wonderful people do un-wonderful things? I am an Episcopal priest. I am a gay man. So, how do I deal with people who, in the name of Christianity, do not let me live as my authentic self? For much of my life I was told that one cannot be both gay and Christian! Woah! Not only is this an untruth, but this is actually a form of spiritual abuse by some well-meaning followers of Jesus.

Spiritual abuse causes deep hurt and wounding. Many of the world’s religious belief systems are guilty of causing tragic wounding of people’s souls.

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