SFTS Presents:


March 2, 2017, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Scott Hall 101, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Join author, speaker, minister Rev. Carol Howard Merritt — for an evening discussing her newest book, Healing Spiritual Wounds.

Headlines about the church are dominated by the crises within it, from sexism to homophobia to intolerance. These stories reveal what some people already knew: the church isn’t always holy. Author, speaker, and Presbyterian minister Carol Howard Merritt has seen it firsthand. Raised as a conservative Christian, Merritt found that the kind of religious institutions she grew up in had the potential to create healing but also isolation and deep suffering. “People have suffered religious abuse,” she writes, “which can be different from physical injury or psychological trauma.” She observes that in response, people no longer see the church as a safe space and often leave.

In her transformative book HEALING SPIRITUAL WOUNDS (HarperOne; Hardcover; February 7, 2017), Merritt responds to the conflicting image of the church as a safe space and dangerous place, and provides a way to remain a part of the church and renew personal faith even when the institution falls short on its mission. This book’s multistage plan helps readers move from pain to spiritual rebirth by:

  • Finding God
  • Healing their image of God
  • Recovering their emotions
  • Redeeming their broken selves
  • Reclaiming their bodies
  • Regaining their hope
  • Reassessing their finances
  • Being born again

Sympathetic, understanding, and positive, Carol Howard Merritt offers hope and a way to support readers as they heal and reclaim the joy that comes from having a vital and healthy spiritual life.

REVEREND CAROL HOWARD MERRITT is an award-winning author, speaker, and minister who speaks and writes on the topic of ministering in a new generation. Merritt is the author of Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation and Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation and writes for Christian Century, The Huffington Post, Duke Divinity’s Faith and Leadership blog, and TribalChurch.org.

Registration is free but seating is limited.