On May 19 Bethany Presbyterian Church will host "Recovery from Spiritual Abuse: From Hurt to Healing", a workshop designed to help those who have been harmed by authoritarian religious groups.

Church to host spiritual recovery class

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Karen Wanjico/Contributed by Wanjico
Karen Wanjico/Contributed by Wanjico

On May 19 Bethany Presbyterian Church will host “Recovery from Spiritual Abuse: From Hurt to Healing”, a workshop designed to help those who have been harmed by authoritarian religious groups.

Lead by Karen Wanjico, the workshop will help participants understand the effects of belonging to “authoritarian religious groups” and offer ways to regain “personal agency,” according to a press release. It will also help participants move toward healing and forgiveness.

Wanjico grew up in a rigid religious home, an experience that led her to study cults. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and currently works as a victim advocate. She's completed her memoir, “A Perfect Life,” which gives an internal look at how she changed her beliefs and moved into autonomy

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to contribute to the lunch that is provided. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RSVP by sending an email to means2me.kw@gmail.com.

 

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
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  1. Readers, are you planning to attend?

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