The Healing Voices
Do You Have a Faith Story to Share?
What do we publish?
Personal reflections, faith stories, reviews of books and resources, poems, and prayers.
We welcome writers who share our desire to participate in a dialogue about healing from the wounds of abuse as individuals and as families, parishes, and institutions.
We welcome essays, articles, poems or reviews of books, articles, retreats or other spiritual services and/or trauma-training programs.
- Survivors of abuse by clergy and others in authority in the Church
- Family members of survivors
- Friends of survivors
- Therapists, traditional and alternative-healing therapists
- Priests, deacons, nuns and religious
- Lay Catholic and Christian ministers
- Scholars and experts in the fields of child abuse prevention and recovery
For more about our contributors, see our current list.
Guidelines are simple:
- Length: 800 to 1500 words
- Topics: Must align with our mission statement. For ideas, see below.
- Name: include your full name, city/state and email. (These will not be made public!)
- Contact Info: specify the name under which we should publish the article, like a first name only, or anonymous or pseudonymous, or full name.
- Bio: except for anonymous or pseudonymous contributors, we ask for a bio to include with an article. You will find ideas on the contributors page.
Readers: Who Are You Writing For?
Please know the audience, which includes about:
- 20% survivors or family members
- 30% ministry or church admin
- 40% social workers and therapists
- 10% seems to be in academia
Where are our readers?
- 65% from the US
- 25% Canada and Europe
- 10% South Africa, Philippines, Guam, Australia, Chile and Mexico
- Was there a helper, a person who made a big impact on your healing journey?
- Did an event or crisis in your adult life help grapple with healing from abuse?
- Has medical care, e.g., visiting a physician’s office, posed difficulties related to abuse? If so, what? How have you handled it? Know any good resources?
- What does “being healed” look like to you? How do you define it?
- Tips or advice for how can priests, teachers, all Christian preachers speak to the trauma wound from the pulpit?
- How is health care good at caring for trauma wounds, how not? What have you learned that you might want to share?
- What would you say to a victim of (any) abuse if he/she told you before anyone?
- How do you / or how to you encourage victims to make some peace with the idea God did not save us from abuse? Why me, as a question?
- How are family affected, and helped? What would you say pr have you said to a parent or sibling or spouse?
- Do you have any reflections on others hurt by one or more degree of separation – teachers, social workers or therapists, or doctors/nurses, or ministers and priests or nuns? Compassion fatigue, or weary from sharing this grief and pain?
- Is there something in the Christian faith that particularly offers support to a survivor and/or family member and/or those who care for them?
Have an idea or suggestion but don’t want to write? No problem. Contact us through the floating button at the bottom of the page!
Tell Us What’s Going On! Send Info or Links
- Child Protection, Child Abuse Prevention. Have you attended or participated in any service or ministry offered by your diocese? How did it go? Have any great ideas for an event or service that might help? What would it look like?
- Book Reviews. Either select a book that helped you – doesn’t matter if on this topic, or Catholic! Contact us to get a sign off from thee editors, and then we’ll ask you to write about how this topic or book or author helped you. We are very interested in books suggested by survivors and specialists, but also family members.
- Programs. We are focusing over the next year on getting as many retreats, workshops and other options for survivors and family members as possible reviewed here. These programs do not need to be focused on survivors of clergy abuse, and they do not need to be Catholic, but all must meet some basic standards our editors have set regarding trauma-informed care and/or spiritual healing after abuse.
No Fees Paid
We are all volunteers. The cost of web presence is based on the generosity of one of our founders. We cannot pay for articles. We will not pay you a fee if we publish your article. If you request, we will provide you with a nicely presented version the article in a PDF if you’d like to share it with others.
When you make a submission to The Healing Voices Magazine, you are authorizing our publication of it. We summarize the terms on which we publish HERE. Please read this simple document and be sure you understand and agree before submission!
If you would like to publish with us, please send a note to Teresa, who handles intake of new submissions. She will confirm receipt within a week. We try to confirm whether or not a submission can be included in the magazine within two weeks, but sometimes it takes longer. Please be patient with us. To contact Teresa, click here.