Dealing with Anger in the Church
Dr. Charles McNeil, L.M.F.T
Retired UM Clergy, Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Adjunct Professor, Drew Theological School
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Ehinger Center, Room 109
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.