One of the core issues clergy have had to come to understand in dealing with abuse is the impact of power imbalance in relationships.
Being the only minister in town is never easy, but for Mallacoota’s Reverend Jude Benton, the circumstances seem extra hard.
More important than “a book that changed me” is a book that is changing me. This one certainly is.
The Revd Jude Benton, priest-in-charge of the Cooperating Parish of Croajingolong, was on the ground during the devastating Mallacoota and Cann River bushfires and has stayed and served the community since then. Here, she offers her advice on how clergy and congregation members can best support people during crises like bushfires, and highlights some of the common responses by well-meaning people that can actually make life harder.