Wounded Faith Webinars
One might hope ... a person's spiritual exploration and practice might be exempt from abuse.
Wounded Faith Webinars
Spiritual Abuse Resources
ICSA’s program, Spiritual Abuse Resources (SAR), will host a series of webinars during the 2022-23 season. In these webinars Rev. Dr. Neil Damgaard, editor of ICSA’s book Wounded Faith, will interview authors who wrote chapters for the book. The interview will last about 30 minutes, and then webinar attendees will have 30 minutes to ask questions.
Scheduled webinars are listed below. We recommend that you read the Wounded Faith book (available on Amazon) prior to attending the webinars. Registrants will have access to available recordings of webinars after the event.
All times are eastern, i.e., New York time. Scroll down for speaker bios or click on speaker's link.
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Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppe Welcomes Attendees
2017 ICSA Annual Conference, Bordeaux, France
Selected Recordings from Past ICSA Annual Conferences and Webinars
We Started as a Church, and Ended up as a Cult (Ken Garrett). View.
The Cult Pseudo Identity and the Phases of Recovery and Growth (Gillie Jenkinson). View
The Harsh Conscience (Lorna Goldberg, Heather Zweiback). View.
Malignant Narcissism as the Core Madness of the Cult Leader (Charles Zeiders and Peter Devlin). View.
Truth From the Mouths of Babes (Eva Mackey). View.
Interview on Spiritual Abuse with Rev. Dr. Neil Damgaard and Rev. Robert Pardon.
About the Wounded Faith Webinar Speakers
Doug Duncan, MS, LPC, was a member of an aberrant religious group for over twenty years. After defying the cult leader and marrying Wendy, they eventually left the cult and Doug began the task of rebuilding his life. He enrolled in a master’s program in counseling and earned a degree and license to practice therapy. After working on their cult recovery issues by reading all the available cult literature, attending conferences, and becoming involved with ICSA, Doug and Wendy started a ministry to increase the awareness and understanding of cults. They are frequent presenters at churches, civic groups, and conferences, as well as facilitators of a support group for former members of cults and high-demand groups. Additionally, Doug offers individual counseling to ex-members.
Rev. Kenneth Garrett, MDiv., DMin, is senior pastor of Grace Church, Portland, OR. For 12 years Ken and his wife Sharon belonged to an abusive, controlling church in which their life-choices, beliefs, and behaviors were increasingly brought under the control of church leaders. Ken and Sharon left the church in 1996 with their three daughters. Ken attended seminary and has completed post-graduate research in spiritual abuse as it occurs in Christian churches. Ken and Sharon now enjoy many opportunities to counsel and care for survivors of abusive churches from the Portland-metro area and have established the Spiritual Abuse Forum for Education (SAFE), a regular gathering to promote friendship and education for survivors of spiritual abuse. Ken's is the author of In the House of Friends: Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Abuse in the Christian Church, (Wipf and Stock Press, 2020).
Judy Pardon, MEd, has been a teacher and a counselor. Since 1992, she has been Associate Director of the New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR) and MeadowHaven, where she has worked with former cult members, including some who have experienced profound trauma. She has also spoken widely on the subject and conducted training programs for human-service personnel. In 2014 Ms. Pardon received, with her husband Robert, ICSA's Herbert L. Rosedale Award. In 2016 Judy gave the Paul Martin Lecture at the ICSA Annual Conference.
ICSA's Commitment to Diversity and Dialogue
Unlike closed, cultic groups, ICSA is firmly committed to freedom of thought, expression, and religion. To counter the closed thinking of cults and other “true believers,” ICSA events provide an open arena for people from diverse backgrounds with diverse points of view. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of ICSA’s or its partner organizations’ directors, staff, advisors, or supporters. | Benefits of Dialogue