Statement of Faith
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, through him all things are made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in one, holy, *catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Enlighten faith communities to the unspoken needs of the traumatized.
Defend human dignity.
Initiate an empathetic program on forgiveness and equip messengers.
Foster sustainable transformation.
Yield to mercy--with justice.
Copyright 2018 by Wendy Redroad. All rights reserved.
How to Forgive What You'll Never Forget: Discovering Divine Purpose in The Passions
- Ideal for pastoral care and lay ministry leaders.
- Points of topic are cross-referenced to the Catechism.
- Explores "encouragements" that should be avoided with abuse survivors.
- Open discussion on the challenges clergy and lay ministers encounter in spiritual works of mercy.
- Appropriate for men and women.
- Available in a workshop format.
Impetuous displays of passion have reached an all-time high in contemporary society. Thirteenth century philosopher, Thomas Aquinas, nailed it when he said a man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. Conventional wisdom says forgiveness is a choice; feelings catch up later. But anyone caught in the thickets of raw emotion can attest, feelings have a way of lagging behind like out-of-shape runners who've lost sight of the finish line. Abuse survivor, Wendy Redroad, is well acquainted with this scenario and she is on a mission to help leaders help underdogs finish strong.
Five passionate desires arise from abuse, injustice, and traumatic betrayal. All are natural components of the human psyche, and therefore, depicted in Sacred Scripture. Victims and secondary victims are likely to encounter more than one desire simultaneously. This contributes to the complexities of healing and the capacity to forgive as Christ commands--from the heart. The question isn't whether or not man should have these desires, but rather, will they be expressed in ways that are life-giving or further disunity with God, self, and neighbor.
When man condemns the passions, he denies himself Divine Mercy, thereby yielding to the vices that hinder healing and forgiveness. The defense of human dignity must encompass human emotion.
Bohemian Forgiveness: Five Unconventional Paths to Forgiving What You'll Never Forget
With free-spirited insight and colorful Bible stories an abuse survivor leads women in crisis into their own stories of hope, healing, and triumph over darkness.
- Ideal for women's outreach, peer support groups, and diverse faith communities.
- Introduces five desires that often arise from abuse, grave injustice, and traumatic betrayal.
- Defines "the passions" in accordance with the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. (Summa Theologica.)
- Illuminates Divine Mercy.
- Validates the complexities of healing and forgiveness.
- Illustrates a tangible path to healing that fosters intimacy with Christ.
- Focuses on overcoming the psychological affects of abuse rather than explicit physical details.
- Available in a classroom series format.
Mission EDIFY operates under the 501(c)3 umbrella of Women's Non-profit Alliance and serves as a gateway to independent tax-exempt status.