This week, we’re diving even deeper into healing religious wounds with author, speaker, and minister Carol Merritt.
*** Make sure you check back tomorrow for a Wild & Holy Mini-Episode where I’ll be making a special announcement!
So, last week, we dove into our first conversation on healing religious wounds and I thought it would be so great to follow up that episode with Rev. Carol Howard Merrit who just released her latest book, Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God after Experiencing a Hurtful Church.
Carol is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching is anchored in theological wisdom and sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation.
After being raised as a conservative Baptist and attending a fundamentalist Bible college, Carol studied at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas and became a Presbyterian (USA) Minister. She’s known for serving growing Presbyterian (USA) churches, especially those with a deep commitment to serving the poor and disenfranchised.
The award-winning author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation, Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation, and Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church. Carol is a frequent contributor to books, websites, magazines, and journals. She is a regular writer at the Christian Century where her blog is hosted and also co-hosts the thought-provoking podcast, God Complex Radio, with Rev. Derrick Weston.
Now one of my favorite things that Carol shared in this episode is the overlap that existed for her in forgiving her father to find deeper forgiveness with the doctrine in which she was raised. This is a really important piece! Because I know for many of us who carry religious wounds, we’re looking for healing, but it can feel so incredibly abstract to forgive an institution. Like I mentioned in last week’s episode, we have to humanize our hurts. You’ll especially love this segment as we dive into this area specifically!
I also love how Carol touched on how many stigmas and prejudices can be embedded within a doctrine and when we move in a new direction spiritually, these stigmas and prejudices have to be addressed to bring us into deeper alignment with the beliefs and values we hold now – especially in regards to who we’re allowed to be as men and women, how we view systemic racism and the church’s role in perpetuating it, along with xenophobia and other ideologies that paint things (especially people) in black and white terms.
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