Upside Down Podcast
Season 5 | Episode 87: The Necessity of Accountability with Tiffany Bluhm
April 27, 2021
Patricia Taylor, Tiffany Bluhm
“Silence is not spiritual, and action is not optional.” Author, speaker, and podcast host Tiffany Bluhm talks with host Patricia Taylor about accountability and abuse—particularly in faith spaces—and the hard questions we must ask.
TW: This episode covers spiritual abuse, though it does not go into specific details. Still, we want to allow listeners whose stories may include abuse to be aware of what’s coming.
In this episode, we:
- Discuss Tiffany’s latest book, Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up
- Talk about how women are expected to “play by the rules” set by culture, society, and the church
- Cover the gaslighting that happens when speaking truth, the weaponization of scripture, and the insulation of men in power
- Ask why abuse happens so often in faith spaces and what elements allow for this
- Consider how many of us don’t want to believe that we can offer our trust to an untrustworthy leader, leading to silence and complicity
- Discuss the systemic nature of abuse, what it takes to dismantle those systems, and the cost of speaking up and speaking out
- Talk about how Jesus addressed the powerful and their abuse of authority while leveling hierarchies and ushering in equity
Join us for this discussion about taking an honest look at abuse and what it takes to pursue love as justice. We invite you to lean into the liberating and healing ways of Jesus as we expand and challenge the familiar if it’s not leading us closer to love.
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