Part 2 of the podcast...BRINGING A VOICE TO THE MUZZLED Jul 14, 2022 10:41:04 GMT via mobile prnolonger, victory, and 12 more like this
Post by Heidi Huber Woldhuis (hj) on Jul 14, 2022 10:41:04 GMT
Good morning forum. Just letting you all know that Part 2 is released tonight at 6:30pm EST. The support and love I have received from so many is appreciated beyond words.
On another note. If any current members of the PR/RP comment on it, I see that as a good thing! Please engage respectfully with them and attempt to open a dialog. Change is long overdue and without dialog, step 1 to a new way of handling abuse will never happen!
I realized the other day that many in those churches feel I am directly attacking a beloved institution that they hold dear. It's their way of life and the reason they do what they do. It's HARD to look inward and have to admit that it's been done wrong for decades. I can only imagine what it feels like to come to terms with the endless stories of abuse and realize your denomination allowed this cycle to endlessly repeat.
If someone came into my world and attempted to change things, I'd likely have some things to say also. In the end though, I hope I would realize that maybe, just maybe, they cared enough about me to address something that was necessary to change and I could be receptive to at least discussing it.
If you are in those churches, please, if you can, watch this and then ask to talk about it. It's not easy stuff. It's not a fun topic. But open discussion for the sake of being a truly God filled haven is healthy and needed. Trust me, I know that talking about this isn't comfortable and many prefer it just went away. I remember and I know the culture.
I was abrupt with 1 and blunt with another yesterday to current PR members who responded to me. I'm a bit ashamed of that as I had an opportunity to try and engage them in meaningful conversion. I was sapped when their messages came as I had a day full of people reaching out with countless stories of abuse that left my soul heavy. Because it was so fresh, I responded in a way that I wish had been different. I didn't say anything I don't believe or feel. But the WAY I said it could have been better.
So here's my public apology to beachbum and pemptyr. I did not address you the way I wish I had. I want conversation on this topic and I desperately want the abused members in the church to be supported and helped. I promise both of you that I will not respond so tersely if you choose to engage with me again. I will respect you and be thankful for an opportunity to talk. I'm fully aware that many won't like the podcast and I'm willing to talk about the WHY of that.
Now my day can continue and I hope you have the best Thursday ever!