In this term’s chapel, the Seminary addressed the issue of sexual abuse in the Church. President Eldridge introduced the chapel with these words, “The Bible is not silent about sexual abuse.” The Bible is clear about our responsibility to protect others from the abuse of power. Suzie Paslay read the scripture, “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people” (Psalm 82:3-4). Eldridge said, “We grieve with the victims of sexual abuse. We acknowledge the failure of the Church to properly address sexual abuse by ministry leaders.”
Participants concluded the service by praying for the victims and praying for church leaders to take restorative measures to deal with this horrendous sin in the church and community. The service included the Lord’s Supper, led by Dr. Ed Eastman.
The Seminary is launching an initiative to provide sexual abuse awareness to all our students and graduates. The cost for the curriculum is $5 per student, for a total of approximately $1000. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please contact the President’s Office or donate online.
Registration for Term 3: April 1 – April 29
Term 3 Begins April 30
Graduation – June 24, Saddleback Church, Refinery, 7:00 p.m.
Purpose Driven Church Conference – June 25-27 at Saddleback Church