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Recovering from What Happened at Church

When church teachings or experiences cause trauma
by Katie Langston | May 26, 2022

The Holy Spirit moves in mysterious ways, perhaps especially in the lives of the marginalized. 

In this post from our archives, Katie Langston writes of how practices in her childhood church traumatized her, and finding a different kind of church that provided a path toward healing. 

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How do elements of her experience resonate with you? How might they ring true for friends or neighbors? 

For others, it was not the teachings but a particular experience with church that hurt. Finding ways to talk about these experiences takes away their power over us.

About the Author

Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in Cache Valley, Utah, and is the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, a memoir about her conversion to Christianity and a meditation on faith, family, fundamentalism, healing, and belonging. Katie is the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a postmodern, post-Christian cultural context.

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