Content Warning/Trigger Warning (CW/TW): Christianity, Churches, Spiritual Abuse, Religion
This space will explore themes that some readers may wish, in the spirit of self-preservation, or otherwise need to avoid. The topics covered will reference religion, churches, and, in particular, Christianity. While some posts will discuss my current religious practice, an occasional topic to be covered is what Christopher Stroop refers to as “spiritual abuse.” Stroop defines “spiritual abuse” as “a form of emotional abuse and manipulation that occurs in a religious environment” and I think that’s a pretty apt description of what I have experienced and will be discussing in this space.
The intention of this writing is not to justify or blame the actions of many who have caused harm in similar ways. Additionally, I do not intend here to change anyone’s mind or prosthelytize in any way. However, I recognize that sharing my personal reflections about these topics might be too painful to anyone still recovering from similar events or who otherwise has felt ostracized by a church community. At the same time, I also recognize that people who have not had such experiences may still be reluctant to explore such themes. Therefore, this content warning serves to let readers know what will be discussed in this space, but I sincerely apologize for any pain that this or any other of my posts may cause anyone who may be reading.
If these topics are not topics that you wish to or are able to explore, please visit one of my other spaces: In Seeking Matayla, I discuss my gender identity transition currently in progress; In IT Ponderings, I share my reflections concerning my profession as an IT administrator for Higher Education. Especially going forward, now that I have created this space, I will keep those spaces as free as possible from the themes primarily discussed in this space.