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The Christian church starts out as a place of comfort and healing for many, but some individuals come to a point in their Christian journey where the answers they have been given to guide their faith don’t seem to be enough anymore. This can be scary and painful and create feelings of being disconnected from their community. Some also feel judged by their communities because of the questions they are asking or because they no longer fit into the mold they are expected to fit into.
If you relate to any of this, you may also feel that you want to find a way to embrace faith in God but are uncertain how to do this while being honest about who you are and the questions you have.
This is a 12-week group for women who want a safe space to wrestle with their doubts, engage in constructive dialogue around their questions, and heal from the injuries that may have resulted from their faith background.
We’ll be reading the book Femmevangelical by Rev. Jennifer D. Crumpton as you navigate the challenges you experience with your faith and the church. Rev. Crumpton does an excellent job of educating women about church history, how the bible was canonized, and the ways in which culture and politics have influenced how scripture is interpreted and which texts were selected to be a part of what we now call the Christian bible.
“These stories and meditations - mixed with theological exploration and a closer look at church history - are dedicated to those who have searched for themselves in the Greater Story and been forced to take on an ill-fitting and soul-killing role to be included.”
“Femmevangelical supports the risks, hope, and faith it takes to follow our instincts, create change, and find the God we know exists beyond what we've been taught; and to commit our lives to creating the world in which we were truly made to live.”
What Else Should I Know?
The cost of the group is $45 per session and includes a copy of Femmevangelical by Jennifer D. Crumpton. The group will require a commitment for the full 12 sessions (this means that there is no refund for missed sessions). Individuals who would like to pay for the group in full before the 1st session will be given a discounted fee of $450. The group will be limited to 8 women.
How Do I Find Out More?
Please email or call if you have an interest in the group or would simply like more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-689-6530
See a list of other groups happening this fall.
Melissa King, M.S.Ed. : Psychotherapist
Prior to offering psychotherapy, Melissa spent over 10 years working as a wellness coach for women focusing on health, weight loss, self-esteem, and achieving personal goals. In addition to working in the private practice of Charles Mayer, Psy.D., Melissa recently spent 18-months with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at the NYC Department of Health, where she provided counseling to individuals with a range of concerns, including Interpersonal Relationship Issues, Insecurity in Social Situations, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Sex Addiction, Alcohol and other Substance Use Concerns, Sexual Health, Coping with a Herpes Diagnosis, HIV, and concerns related to Sexual Orientation. Melissa King holds an M.S.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John's University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a New York State permit holder in mental health counseling.