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Lament and hope for sexual abuse

7.4. 2015 Written By: Gordon Houser 1,346 read

Over 300 people gathered in the sanctuary of the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Mo., Friday evening for a service of lament and hope for sexual abuse.

Mary Lehman Yoder in her opening remarks called on those present to hold together the tension of healing and hoping. She welcomed survivors of sexual abuse as “beloved children of God.”

The service included singing, a litany based on excerpts from Psalms 22, 26, 31, 69 and 139, and a long reading of prayers—written by Yoder—in four movements: lamenting, confessing, beseeching and hoping.

Those entering the service received ribbons or pieces of twine. Toward the end of the service, Yoder talked about a tradition of tying knots to represent troubles in our life, then untying them to represent moments of freedom. She invited people to bring their ribbons or pieces of twine to the front and leave them at the altar.

A confidential meeting was scheduled for Saturday for victims/survivors of all genders and their loved ones.

Photo by Anna Groff.

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3 Responses to “Lament and hope for sexual abuse”

  1. Not sure of the title of main article… Lament .. YEs.. but “hope” for sexual abuse… No doubt hope used as a noun here? Verb? There is hope for the healing of the victims… We are not hoping for more sexual abuse.. Perhaps a clearer title would be helpful.
    Also hoping for a message of forgiveness similar to the message of forgiveness that Martin Luther King gave for the centuries plus of slavery/abuse of blacks and as the forgiveness recently shown at Charleston church murders… Healing of the victim requires such perhaps…. Just a thought.

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