Depression patient threatened with arrest by woman priest fights back online Thursday 9 August 2007 PDF Print The Methodist Church is threatening legal action against a lay preacher unless she stops attempting to effect reconciliation with the woman priest who caused her much distress and mental anguish. In defiance of which, while also endeavouring to help others in conflict with their churches, the victim has set up a support website – www.churchgoersupport.co.uk A new website aimed at helping people who have suffered at the hands of their church or minister has been launched by Patricia Davies, herself a victim of what amounted to mental abuse by a woman priest. The site (www.churchgoersupport.co.uk) provides a forum for anyone who has been mistreated in any way by the person to whom many people turn for help and comfort – their local priest/pastor/minister/etc – and already the Methodist Church has attempted to close it down. “In this Christian country, we have been raised in the belief that our church – whichever branch of religion we follow – is the one place in which we can find understanding, advice and unconditional support if we are in need of relief from distress and worry,” says Patricia Davies. “Unfortunately, as has been seen recently in a number of cases, in many instances it is in fact the Church and its representatives which have caused problems in the first place.” The website initially details Mrs Davies’s own experiences of attempting to effect a reconciliation with her priest, even though it was the woman priest’s actions when Mrs Davies fell prey to depression that pushed her over the edge into deep mental distress. The matter has been exacerbated by the Methodist Church authorities who have allowed the woman priest to threaten Mrs Davies with legal action because she made a formal complaint against her and has since sought to publicise her plight. Mrs Davies was subjected to libellous evidence on which the judgement of a hearing was decided, but which she has been able to demonstrate had been falsified. Despite this, and much other harmful activity initiated by the priest, Mrs Davies is still seeking the reconciliation which both the priest and the Methodist Church are refusing to consider. “Whether or not we can assist in preventing such despicable occurrences continuing to happen is unlikely,” says Mrs Davies, “but at least by creating this forum and encouraging people to speak out, we can cut through the attempts by the Methodist Church to cover up its misdeeds, and let its victims know that they are not alone in suffering the wrath of local ministers.” The Churchgoer Support movement can be contacted by visiting www.churchgoersupport.co.uk emailing email@example.com or by writing to Help Project, PO Box 1026, Great Wakering, Southend on Sea SS3 OWX. END Press enquiries to Stephen Webb, SovereignPR, tel: 020 8504 3389, email: firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of SovereignPR in the following categories: Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.