OCL advisory board member assists in establishing a new ministry within the life of the Orthodox Church
What We Do
Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling – hopes to change how things were done in the past. All too often the ecclesiastical harm inflicted by clergy to their fellow Orthodox sisters, and brothers (and children), was proverbially “swept under the rug.” This led to a massive erosion of trust, to widespread cynicism, to jurisdictional divisions and to court battles that are costing multi-millions of dollars.
It no longer needs to happen that way.
Helping Orthodox Christians to Heal
At Seeds of Hope we hope to be a resource for those persons – and their families – who have experienced the pain and suffering of ecclesiastical abuse in the Orthodox Church. Instead of seeking help from outside secular sources, Seeds of Hope offers the care and needs by Orthodox Christian counselors in order to be fully reconciled back to a community of faith. Some of those who have been harmed may feel that it is in their best interests to pursue litigation. This is entirely within their rights. We believe, however, that many would rather not go to the courts. Rather, we believe they can find justice through healing, reconciliation and if you choose, the canonical tradition of the Orthodox Church. As such, Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling offers alternatives to what has become for so many, a long drawn out legal dispute that, in the end, does more harm than good because of the lack of closure.
Staffed by Qualified Orthodox Professionals
Seeds of Hope is nationally staffed by certified psychotherapists from around the country in order to help meet the needs of the harmed (see our Board of Directors and Advisors). Orthodox counseling support services are offered in different ways such as face to face or virtually by secured online video technology that is now emerging in the counseling field. Teleconferencing and virtual coaching can be more attractive for those seeking help. It offers a safe, comfortable environment while fostering a sense of anonymity that helps rebuild trust.
Confidentiality is Assured
The highest discretion, confidentiality, and sensitivity will be maintained. Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Counseling and Healing will protect the identities and the content of counseling in accordance with laws pertaining to professional counselor/clinical-client confidentiality, as guaranteed by code of ethics of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
If not us, then who?
Orthodox Christian laity are needed now more than ever to join with us, Church leaders, and priests taking a role in addressing clerical abuse/exploitation of authority. Throughout Church history as disciples, following Jesus, approached the tomb and then proclaimed the Good News. Surely the Good News must be heard loudly again resulting in a deepening of our Orthodox faith.
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