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Shame in Divorce

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Shame in Divorce: When we witness a divorce, we often focus on the headlines: what went wrong, who is responsible, custody arrangements, financial needs, and sometimes even church discipline. It’s easy to miss the insidious work that guilt and shame are doing behind the scenes. Divorced spouses feel like “damaged goods” and “second-class citizens” in the church. Children blame themselves, and well-meaning helpers litter the path with half-truths and pat answers. Guilt and shame are often complicated or masked by silence, anxiety, anger, and bitterness. This workshop will equip the pastor, counselor, and friend to speak words of healing and grace to the divorced. Click here to download the outline for this session.

This lecture is from the 2012 National Conference, “Guilt and Shame.”