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dc.contributor.authorWhyte, Christopher
dc.identifier.citationWhyte , C 2024 , ' Beyond religion : a Bonhoefferian discussion of Ecclesial repentance in the aftermath of abuse ' , Studies in Christian Ethics , vol. OnlineFirst .
dc.description.abstractAbuse, when committed by spiritual authority figures, can have far-reaching consequences for church communities well after perpetrators have been removed and held accountable. In attending to survivors, a host of issues may come to light, including but not limited to, organizational complicity in abuse, institutional marginalization of the vulnerable, and the revelation that worship spaces can be traumatically triggering. The work of scholars like Michelle Panchuk, Elaine Heath, and Katharina von Kellenbach all point to the challenging reality that ecclesial repentance­ may demand dramatic changes to restore a safe environment and righteous expressions of worship that honour God's intentions for all. Glen Kinoshita's ‘ministry of reconciliation’ and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ‘preparing the way’ and ‘religionless Christianity’ are texts that on the surface address this type of process; however, it is not clear that either scholar fully reckons with the issue of a worshipping community or space that has been so marred by abuse as to become an impediment to a survivor's participation in liturgy. In this article, I modify Bonhoeffer's work to move beyond his claims and make recommendations for further steps towards repentance.
dc.relation.ispartofStudies in Christian Ethicsen
dc.subjectChristian ethicsen
dc.subjectSpiritual abuseen
dc.subjectEcclesial repentanceen
dc.subjectDietrich Bonhoefferen
dc.subjectMichelle Panchuken
dc.subjectElaine Heathen
dc.subjectKatharina von Kellenbachen
dc.subjectGlen Kinoshitaen
dc.subjectBV Practical Theologyen
dc.titleBeyond religion : a Bonhoefferian discussion of Ecclesial repentance in the aftermath of abuseen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Divinityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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