Southampton Methodist District is hosting a one day conference with a varied programme of seminars and speakers - covering current topics of spiritual abuse, loneliness and vulnerability, encouraging worship and fellowship in later years and creating safer spaces for all.
Spiritual abuse is a topic that the church has fought shy of over the years. It is not easy to define but broadly it is ‘the abuse of spiritual power and authority.’ The focus must, therefore, be on healthy Christian cultures in which everyone thrives, and where coercive and controlling behaviour can be challenged wherever it is exhibited.
Loneliness and isolation is prevalent in our communities and this is a predisposing factor in abuse of adults. Anything we can do to combat isolation will help us combat abuse and create safer spaces.
- Hear Christian Szurko speak, who founded the DialogCentre UK which helps to undo the harm caused by destructive belief systems, provides information about manipulative influence and guides ex-members to recovery and growth after spiritual abuse.
- Listen to Debbie Thrower, former TV and radio presenter, who pioneered Anna Chaplaincy, talking about the work: https://youtu.be/naAgZW0ttGI
- Messy Vintage creates a gentle, sociable and enjoyable way into worship for people in later life, reflecting the Messy Church approach and values.
Want to hear more and see how you can become involved? Come and join us at Chandler's Ford Methodist Church on 22nd June for a day of sharing and learning.
Coffee and tea on arrival from 9.30am, conference starts at 10.00am. Refreshments will be provided through the day but please do bring your own lunch.
You must book to secure your place on this valuable and informative conference.
Please contact Jane Fisher with any queries