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Adult Education with Ruth Everhart

Please join us in the Culbertson Room on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m.
Please contact Katie Lancaster for more information.

 

In her new book, pastor and survivor Ruth Everhart candidly discloses stories of how she and others have experienced sexual assault in church settings, highlighting the damage done to individuals, families, and communities. Everhart offers hope to survivors as she declares that God is present with the violated and stands in solidarity with victims. Scriptural narratives like those of Tamar and Bathsheba carry powerful resonance in today’s context, as do the accounts of Jesus’ interactions with women. God is at work in the midst of this #MeToo movement to call the church to repentance and deliver us from violence against the vulnerable.

Ruth Everhart is an author, speaker, and Presbyterian pastor whose writing explores the hidden ways religious belief shapes our thinking about the lives of women.

The author of three books, her most recent is The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, which draws on her own history as a survivor of sexual assault and her passion for scripture, weaving together contemporary stories with ancient scripture to address one of the crucial issues of our day. She has also addressed this topic in award-winning cover stories for Christian Century, an essay in Sojourners, and an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Ruth is also the author of two spiritual memoirs. Her first book, Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land, chronicles a transformative two-week pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine. Her second book, Ruined, which tells her story of sexual assault while a college student, was named 2017 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Women.

A graduate of Calvin College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Rev. Everhart has served Presbyterian churches for more than twenty years and now travels widely to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband.