The Out of the Depths series addresses common pastoral crises in a faithful, encouraging, and factual manner that provides support to parishioners in crisis beyond the initial pastoral conversation. These inexpensive 64-page booklets can be given out to parishioners when they bring their recent diagnosis, crisis, or trauma to the pastor as a way to continue to provide care throughout the difficult season. Each booklet begins with a thoughtful consideration of the topic at hand, which is followed up by 30 brief devotions. These devotions are designed to be manageable in an overwhelming time, encouraging, and honest. This Sexual Assault edition features devotions from Emily Flemming, United Methodist clergywoman. The Out of the Depths booklets are essential care resources to be given out by pastors, Stephen Ministers, and congregational care teams.
- Written by mental health professionals and pastors to help the reader process their trauma both psychologically and theologically.
- Includes accessible material describing the dynamics of the crisis situation and typical reactions, which provides the reader with a sense of grounding and direction through increased knowledge.
- The thirty short devotions create a sense of companionship and hope in a difficult and lonely time.
- Knowing they are sharing a resource written by mental health professionals and pastors with personal experience provides pastors a trustworthy source of information.
- Easy for pastors/churches to keep in stock and distribute as needed, serves as a tangible reminder of the faith community’s care.
About the Authors
Rev. Emily Flemming is an ordained Elder in the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). Raised Southern Baptist in South Carolina, she came to United Methodism through a missionary church in Germany, where she lived for 12 years. Emily loves the mountains, music, travel, craft beer, and her friends and family around the world. A former corporate headhunter (MBA), German teacher (BA), and competitive tap dancer, Emily has many passions and even more energy. As solo pastor of First UMC of Windsor, Colorado, her heart and hands are full with ministry and her family: husband, Regis; daughter, Lillian; and son, Isaak. Writing is her retreat, and Emily is honored to share her experiences of healing from sexual assault in this, her first publication.
Greta Smith, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee for almost twenty years. She is currently a seminary student, pursuing a Master’s in Theological Studies at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is a certified candidate seeking ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Greta thrives on helping others feel connected, understood, and whole. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband, Joey, their children, Eliana and Ryan, and two spoiled dogs. She cultivates her own sense of connectedness and wholeness by hiking in the mountains, studying scripture, theology, and Christian history, and, most of all, being with people she loves.