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Lord, how long shall the wicked triumph?....

How long shall they utter and speak harsh things?....
They break into pieces thy people....
Yet they say: "The Lord shall not see!"
(Psalm 94:3-7)

 

All About Collusion


Collusion is a common response to abuse in families. Yet only in the past thirty years has the world awakened to the shocking reality that powerful institutions do so. When the foundations of faith are shaken by those who choose to join the gale-force winds of denial and betrayal, where can one turn for understanding?

Before confronting collusion effectively, we must be able to recognize it, understand it's origins, and comprehend the depths of the challenges it presents. Only then, will we not blame ourselves when others fail to join us.

I trust that these articles will help. Please read the first four in sequence, in one setting if possible.

Basic Facts About Collusion
Collusion - Just a Symptom
Striking Parallels and Contrasts
Beyond the Facts - A Twofold Treatment Approach
An Excellent Example: How Collusion Plays Out in Mission Circles
   

ONE CANNOT UNDERSTAND COLLUSION WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE POWER REQUIRED TO STOP IT. AS WELL AS THE POWER THAT IS USED WHEN PEOPLE COLLUDE.
More Insights on Power from Dee's Blog

   
The Power of One Story
Other Side
Church Secrets We Dare Not Keep
Speaking the Truth with Love
Appropriately Responding to Anger
More Myths - It's Not Just Catholic Minors and Protestant Adults
Getting It Right: An Exceptional Story from PCUSA


Added Challenges in Autonomous Congregations with Conservative Theology
(especially as illustrated in the Southern Baptist Convention)

The Collusion Act of Southern Baptists
Updates on Personal Case
Finding Circles of Trust
Another Baptist Story - Christa Brown
Ethics Daily Article - Southern Baptist Leaders Challenged to Get Tough on Sex Abuse by Clergy
Ethics Daily Article - Advocate says Baptists Slow to Confront Problem of Clergy Sex Abuse
In the News
Baptist Today Series (8 articles) -- An Introduction
    Article 1: Struggles with Cancer Teach Disciplines of Patience, Hope
Article 2: Churches Must Be Honest to Confront Sexual Abuse
Article 3: Denial and Ignorance Hinder Answers to Severe Problems
Article 4: 'Hold Hands in the Dark' with Victims of Violence
Article 5: The Kingdom Is Not Served by Self-Seeking Secrecy
Article 6: Christians Need Courage to Break the Silence Barrier
Article 7: Victim Asks: "What If's?" about Clergy Sexual Abuse
Article 8: 'A Mistake of the System' Calls Out for Compassion
Open Letter to Tara Dooley