Reporting Suspected Child Abuse - The Most Difficult Phone Call I Ever Had To Make...

Submitted by brucewhealton on Sat, 12/28/2019 - 01:55

As a Social Worker, we are required to report suspected child abuse.  Like reporting when someone might be suicidal, we don't wait until the last moment when we are 100% certain that a person will act.  Sometimes when a person seems to be maybe suicidal we call 911 just to be safe and it might later seem funny that we ever thought the person was actually suicidal.  It can be like that with "suspected" child abuse.  Any parent will feel his or her blood turn cold to be suspected of child abuse.  That's why great caution is used when investigating suspected child abuse.  The slightest suspici

Christian Pacifism

Submitted by brucewhealton on Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:06

I grew up being taught the ways of Christian morality.  I struggled to make sense of what were seemingly contradictory messages between words and the actions of our nation.  I was led to believe that freedom of religion was an expression of the various different Christian denominations that existed in the new world.  This ranged from Roman Catholic to Quakers, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and so on.  We all used basically the same Bible but we had demonstrably different understandings as to what was truly the message or teaching of the Bible.  How would a child or teenager evolve into an