Rev. Dr. Charles McNeil, Retired UM Clergy, Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Adjunct Professor, Drew Theological School
Dealing with the feeling and expression of anger can be even more difficult than numerous other problematic topics within a congregation. Many have grown up having directly or indirectly learned variations on injunctions like: It’s not nice (Christian) to be angry. Do not express your anger. All anger is a sin. Be ashamed of your feelings. Do not be assertive for your rights. As a result, many act out in passive-aggressive ways. On the other end of the continuum are those who have discovered the adrenalin-rush expression of anger that can become addictive.
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