About the Ministering out of Trauma and Abuse course
We come to ministry with our whole lives. We do not minister from a vacuum. We are not a clean slate. We minister from our wounds and from what we have learned from our past. But ministry is not psychotherapy. It is not a skill in that sense, although certain kinds of skills, when brought to the service of our ministry can be helpful. We are persons with a story, a story that has shaped who we are and the values we believe in.
This weekend course aims to help participants discover that it is God who shapes himself to our memories, who remembers with us, who articulates our unspoken cries of anger, outrage and sheer pain. So we need to own from the start that we are persons who have done things, been to places, learned a lot, known joy, but also known suffering.
This weekend course aims to help those who have experienced trauma and abuse explore the ways in which their experiences might help to shape their own ministry. Particular emphases will be on memories, forgiveness, and shame in the context of pastoral care.
About the tutor
The Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh is a priest and author with particular interest in trauma and abuse and their impact on ministry and those who care for others. She has written widely on these themes.