later abused, oppressed, and forsaken by those who should have loved him, I can think of no better time to be pondering how we can prevent and reduce abuse in His church.
Due to COVID concerns, this event will be held online.
Below is a letter from Pastor Bill Shishko and the Session of The Haven OPC Church in Long Island, New York, to update you on our situation following my Open Letter to the OPC: Regarding Abuse in the Church. First though, I’d like to update you on some other responses and results from it. Following investigations in both the OPC …
Thank you so much for your kind emails, loving concern, and faithful prayers since the publication of my Open Letter to the OPC: Regarding Church Abuse. I’m happy to report that I’ve been working with three OPC ministers to address issues described in my letter. Several investigations are underway. In addition, we’re collaborating to address abuse prevention, and how pastors …
If we will only listen to people in pain when they articulate clearly and calmly, then we will never listen at all. What happened to me repeatedly and agonizingly must never happen to another child of the OPC.
I do not wish to harm the OPC, but I have been grievously harmed within it. I fear that to apologize for my grief could imply to other survivors that they should not express their own grief, so I cannot do that. Rather, I beg you to be patient with me. Try to see the world and our denomination through my eyes. I want it to be my home, but I also want it to be safe.
I am sorry that it has come to this. I have tried to warn, to hold accountable in private, to encourage righteousness and honor. No one listens. No one cares. You fear the abuser more than you fear God.
Originally, when I submitted this to New Horizons, I did not name names. However, I have since edited and updated the piece, because I believe that honesty is incredibly important at this time. A follow up article detailing further abuse and failures within the OPC will be posted shortly.