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Bene Diction Blogs On: More silliness from Prairie Bible Institute alumni

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Maxwell family members behind Prairie Bible Institute Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team

In November 2011, Prairie Bible Institute President Mark Maxwell went to media with a story of historical abuses at the Three Hills school, and the school released a statement that administration went to the RCMP.

Recently, there have been presented alleged instances of abuse by individuals connected with Prairie Bible Institute.

To the extent of our information, the incidents in question date back several decades, and the individuals purportedly involved are no longer at Prairie. Nevertheless, we feel it is appropriate to respond and to emphasize our commitment to seeking truth and transparency.

We have taken a file containing many of these allegations to the

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Bene Diction Blogs On: An open letter to Prairie Bible Institute, PBI response

On September 16th an outstanding comment appeared below a post here at BDBO which I’m putting into this post for the benefit of a wider range of BDBO readers. The response from Prairie Bible Institute received by writer Angelyn Ray is included below.

An open letter to Mark Maxwell:

Some months ago I “googled” PBI to see how it is represented on the World Wide Web these days. To my shock and sadness, I learned that an abuse scandal is in progress.

Let me introduce myself. I attended four years at PBI, graduating in 1963. I was Angeln Brown (I

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Survey for Prairie Bible Institute abuse survivors

PBI abuse survivors have a 4 question survey online and are asking abuse survivors to take a minute to fill it out.

 

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Bene Diction Blogs On: The PBI Healing Team – will the real bullies please stand up.

I have voiced my concerns about a group of Prairie Bible Institute alumni who call themselves The Healing Team. Past posts be read by clicking the Prairie Bible Institute tag at the end of the post or using the search engine on the right. Judging by comments under numerous posts and off-line emails, I’m not the only one who is concerned about the goals, entanglements and qualifications of this team. And now this. I believe members of this ‘team’ are well-meaning, and remain ill-equipped and ill-prepared to befriend, aid, assist or help anyone who is dealing with abuses experienced while

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible Institute releases statement on closed Facebook group

It’s appropriate PBI respond to a partial statement made by Three Hills RCMP (the jurisdictional detachment for PBI); it is puzzling thatthe avenue the administration chose to release this statement targeted at a select and relatively disinterested group. The statement was released by way of The Friends of PBI – a closed alumni group on Facebook.

Hello everyone, We got a call on Tuesday from the Calgary Herald saying “they had heard from the RCMP that it would be releasing news next week that the investigation on Prairie was being closed and that no charges were being laid. The RCMP said they would be available for press

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Bene Diction Blogs On: RCMP and Prairie Bible Institute acknowledge abuses, police aren’t laying charges

There will be no justice for survivors of abuse at Prairie Bible Institute.

RCMP say that although 10 former students or staff kids from Prairie Bible Institute reported abuse to the force there are no charges being laid. Given the files were handed over to the Calgary detachement it’s interesting this announcement was made by a member of the Three Hills RCMP. The Calgary Herald:

Three Hills RCMP Sgt. Joe Sangster said Tuesday police recently concluded their investigation and are planning on providing a public update as early as next week.

He said no charges have been laid and

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible Institute alumni ‘Healing Team’ starts pr website

Not long after Prairie Bible Institute administrators went to media in November 2011 with this:

Recently, there have been presented alleged instances of abuse by individuals connected with Prairie Bible Institute.

To the extent of our information, the incidents in question date back several decades, and the individuals purportedly involved are no longer at Prairie. Nevertheless, we feel it is appropriate to respond and to emphasize our commitment to seeking truth and transparency.

We have taken a file containing many of these allegations to the RCMP, discussed the alleged incidents with them and assured them of our full co-operation should

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Bene Diction Blogs On: PBI Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team communication policy

Recently I wrote The Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team and asked for an updated list of team members. I appreciate the response. The alumni, who operate under the umbrella of PBI now have a communications policy in place.

There have been no changes to the members of the Healing Team. The Healing Team has made the following decisions moving forward: 1. We will communicate only with known persons. While we respect your right to privacy, the Healing Team is about building personal relationships. Since you have chosen to remain anonymous, that becomes impossible for us. 2. We will provide our own . . . → Read More: Bene Diction Blogs On: PBI Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team communication policy

Bene Diction Blogs On: PBI Survivor Fund Project criteria for therapists

I hope this information will put some of the speculation about how PBI has chosen to control the access of abuse survivors to therapy to rest.

Over the last while, and particularly as it came to public attention that the independent 3rd party chosen in December by Prairie Bible Institute (Centre Street Church) was withdrawing from its role effective April 15th, a troubling piece of information came to light. While questions continue to go unanswered about the funding and expenses of the alumni Survivor Fund Project/Healing Team, it has now been confirmed that the 3rd party professional (Dr. Mollering) was required to

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Canadian Christianity article gives sympathetic portrayal of Prairie Bible Institute ‘frustration’ with abuse allegations

No survivor of abuse at PBI was interviewed for this Canadian Christianity article.

PBI continues to use media to distance itself from the responsibility to openly change it’s policies regarding abuse on campus, and a right and specific acknowledgement and repentance of past abuses, in the latest article in Canadian Christianity. Spiritual, emotional and physical abuses by staff and PBI employees aren’t mentioned and no survivor who has publicly told their story of sexual abuse was interviewed for this article. Sexual abuse on the prairie:

It is easy to see some frustration in the public statements of Mark Maxwell

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible Institute Survivor Fund Project begs for more money – where did funds go and who gave them?

A group of PBI alumni who are working with Prairie Bible Institute are asking alumni for more money, without disclosing where their initial funds came from, where the funds went, or how the funds were spent:

Update from the Healing Team:

In our previous communication, we have stated the goals that we established when we first formed: 1) healing for survivors; 2) justice for perpetrators. Over the past weeks, we have been privileged to have a number of abuse survivors come to us for help in accomplishing one or both of these goals. It has been a great honor to

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Evangelical organizations, traits of abusers and the environment which breeds and shelters them

Over at Missionary Kids Safety Net, a website set up to help survivors of abuse which occurred in Evangelical organizations and denominations, and a resource site for leaders of organizations who don’t know how to respond when survivors come forward, psychologist Gary Schoener writes about why it is so difficult for leaders to address abuse. He puts together 10 observations gained from his experience dealing with perpetrators who are ethically challenged, addicted to religion, and who perceive loyalty as being closer to God than cleanliness. His points encompass rationalizing, minimization, spiritualizing and justifying, which are toxic defense mechanisms, and common

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Bene Diction Blogs On: North Carolina minister/ Prairie Bible Institute alumnus – kiss my ass

A Canadian reporter who has been following the abuse allegations by former Prairie Bible Institute alumni wrote an update article at OpenFile Calgary February 24th. Jeremy Klaszus titled his piece, Bible college abuse allegations spark accusations of ‘cyber-stalking’ and ‘slander’. The article is fair, tame, straightforward and professional, and starts out with this:

Last December, an outspoken alumnus of a central Alberta Bible college gave the school an ultimatum: hire an American organization to investigate allegations of sex abuse at the school, or face a lawsuit.

The deadline—year’s end—came and went. Linda Fossen filed no such lawsuit against

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible Institute minister/alumnus admits cyber-stalking PBI abuse survivors

New information has surfaced in the public dispute between Prairie Bible Institute abuse survivors and the PBI alumnus who has threatened to sue them.

It is chilling, it is sad, and I am posting so that PBI abuse survivors, PBI admin, faculty and students, PBI alumni and others are more fully informed and able to make online decisions in their best interests. Transparency has to be more than an idle word.

Background

On January 25th, PBI alumnus and North Carolina minister Fred Whaples sent a letter of intent to sue to Linda Fossen, spokesperson for a group of Prairie Bible Institute survivors

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Bene Diction Blogs On: The survivors are weary – an interview with Linda Fossen

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

This past week, abuse survivors who attended PBI were threatened with a lawsuit by another former alumni. The letter of intent to sue and the response – PBI alumnist, North Carolina minister threatens to sue PBI abuse survivors.

Background and the latest, including an interview with Linda Fossen, spokesperson for the Facebook group, We were Prairie bible school kids – When communication breaks down PBI abuse survivors and the online dance

I think

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Bene Diction Blogs On: When communication breaks down – PBI abuse survivors, alumni and the online dance

I would like to commend Prairie Bible Institute alumni who have been urged to give the public the names of the Survivor Fund Project team. The Survivor Fund Project, which is being funded by money donated by alumni to PBI, was announced in December by PBI President Mark Maxwell. The members of The Survivor Fund Project were announced on the FB group Prairie Bible College Alumni and Current Students tonight. They are:

John Kepler (PHS ’71, PBC ’75) Jim Crites (PHS ’78, PBC ’82) Mim Carlson Phibbs (PHS ’59, PBC ’63) Brenda Boytim Morrison (PHS ’74, PBC ’78) Priscilla

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Bene Diction Blogs On: PBI alumnist, North Carolina minister threatens to sue PBI abuse survivors

A US minister is threatening the spokesperson for Prairie Bible Institute abuse survivors, and by extension, PBI survivors with a lawsuit.

Fred Whaples, a church planter in Concord North Carolina, attended Prairie Bible Institute. (1990/1992) He has issued a warning of intent to sue against Linda Fossen, a spokesperson for the Facebook group We were Prairie bible school kids, where people who allege abuse while at Prairie Bible Institute have gathered. Whaples bills himself as the lead servant at The Village Church; he also runs a counselling service offering marriage counselling, life coaching, addictions, crisis counselling, family counselling and personal

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Bene Diction Blogs On: The Survivor Fund Project – Prairie Bible Institute speaks for RCMP and independent third party. Again.

Despite a mixed promise by Prairie Bible Institute for appropriate third-party help for abuse survivors who came forward last year, it appears PBI is confused about 3rd party responsibility. The latest confusion comes an announcement of a PBI initiated project The announcement was posted on two PBI alumni Facebook pages last night. One Facebook page, Friends of PBI, which is populated by PBI staff and alumni has been closed to abuse survivors and the other, Prairie Bible College Alumni and Current Students, is an open group for alumni and students. This is the announcement:

Abuse survivors who had

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible Institute picks Calgary church to investigation abuse allegations

Centre Street Church in Calgary has not confirmed they have accepted the Prairie Bible Institute offer, nor has the church made an announcement or provided further information such as what professional staff is available (ie: provincial registered mediators, mental health staff, legal assistance). Dr. Mollering (PhD in biblical counselling) mentioned below is certified with PACCC, but I haven’t found her provincial accreditation,certification or CV as yet. Her profile doesn’t indicate whether she is certified in mediation)

This is sloppy. Is Centre Street Church the chosen 3rd party investigators or not?

As we enter this Christmas season, we

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Bene Diction Blogs On: Prairie Bible School President to abuse survivors – Are you going to suck or are you going to blow?

Prairie Bible School, which has received media attention for claims by former students and staff kids of physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse has decided not to hire a US group called G.R.A.C.E.

Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alta., is poised to hire a third-party mediator to handle claims of sexual abuse after initially attempting to handle the matter internally and with RCMP.

Alleged victims and their supporters have called on the central Alberta school to either hire Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), a Virginia-based organization that investigates abuse in

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Bene Diction Blogs On: All She wants for Christmas is a big spectacle

Parody or intimidation? The motivation of a YouTube poster or posters calling themselves Sanity’s Corner is unknown. You be the judge.

Gee, if the 4 videos which have popped up on YouTube are parody, why not stay in the theme of the season and spirit of the season and call yourself Sanity’s Clause?

These short videos centre around Prairie Bible Institute and former staff kids and alumni who allege abuse. (Under Canadian law I have to use the term alleged) The first video (All She wants for Christmas is a big spectacle) has two characters; Linda Fossen, a

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