The Bucket Brigade - Advocating Against Abuse in Adventism

The Bucket Brigade - Advocating Against Abuse in Adventism

From Jennifer Schwirzer

We support victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Adventist spiritual leaders. Your donation empowers our team to coach, educate, and liaise on behalf of victims for healing and justice.

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Thank you each for your generosity and support for the Bucket Brigade's work with survivors of abuse in the Adventist church. Every time you post and share, it helps!

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What We Do

As counselors, coaches, and abuse recovery mentors -- the Bucket Brigade team is inundated with inquiries, reports, and allegations of abuse situations in the Adventist church. 

We spend dozens of hours a week, listening to victims, helping them process toward healing, and providing a support network as they navigate the confusing process of making statements and submitting reports to appropriate authorities in either church or law enforcement, or both. 

We often wake to new messages, from new victims, who have somehow heard that our team will listen and help. Each new case may require anywhere from 5 to 100 hours of time invested. Often new cases expand in scope, as others come forward or one person leads to another. 

Bucket Brigade team members work as volunteers, not paid employees. They sacrifice personal time, family time, and free time to serve the least of these among us. 

Mission

Before there were fire engines, firefighters would pass buckets of water to one another to extinguish flames. Each person in the “human chain” was essential in the task of keeping the community safe from destruction.

Sometimes, in every generation, the flames of human passion rage outside safe boundaries. Sexual abuse perpetrated within the church and its related ministries, by spiritual leaders gone astray, is one way this happens all to often today. 

The Bucket Brigade was formed to take protective action in response to this crisis.

History

For several decades, certain men and women have felt urgently called to address grievous wrongs within the Seventh-day Adventist Church involving spiritual leaders who perpetrate sexual abuse. While we gratefully acknowledge that most clergy, church school teachers, administrators, coaches, and other leaders in our faith community are morally sound individuals — some unfortunately are not. Using their power advantage, these individuals continue to prey upon both adults and children in a religious setting, often hiding nefarious activities under a guise of charming and devout religiosity. 

We appreciate that our church has some good policies in place, however the practical execution of those policies often seems inadequate to warn the innocent, and to protect future victims from unrepentant perpetrators. We have often despaired as we witness our beloved church being made unsafe for the vulnerable, the innocent, and the wounded. 

Rather than standing idly by, the Bucket Brigade has "taken up the water buckets" to do what our church — with its current void of preventative protocols, cannot do. 

We began with an effort to educate church leaders and members about signs of abuse, and ways to handle cases of abuse that are both biblically redemptive and legally sound. As this education sparked an outpouring of credible and confirmed cases of unresolved abuse, we realized that we needed to do more. 

Now — for the wellbeing of potential victims, the reputation of our church, and ultimately the salvation of perpetrators themselves — the Bucket Brigade works cooperatively both with church leadership and (when necessary) appropriate law enforcement to: 

  • warn the innocent,
  • support wounded victims toward healing, 
  • provide education and awareness, 
  • investigate credibility of reported abuse to avoid false accusations,
  • collaborate with trusted spiritual leaders to take appropriate action when warranted,
  • and work tirelessly to bring corrupt spiritual leaders to accountability.

5 Ways You Can Take A Stand 

1) Join our awareness group on Facebook 

2) Book a Bucket Brigade speaker for an educational seminar at your church, school, or organization 

3) Support us with your financial donation right here on Fundly 

4) Share about the Bucket Brigade on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media feeds 

5) Pray for the victims, perpetrators, and the Bucket Brigade team members who work tirelessly for truth and healing on all sides.

Identity

The Bucket Brigade is comprised of volunteers who work to prevent and correct cases of leader-perpetrated sexual misconduct in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

The Bucket Brigade is a service of Abide Counseling, which is an entity of Michael Ministries, a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

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Jennifer Schwirzer posted a new update:
24 days ago

Update #3

Thank you each for your generosity and support for the Bucket Brigade's work with survivors of abuse in the Adventist church. Every time you post and share, it helps!

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Jennifer Schwirzer posted a new update:
26 days ago

Update #2

Are you someone, or do you know someone -- who was sexually abused in a church context and the perpetrator was either kept in position or let go and hired somewhere else without consequences?

Are you someone, or do you know someone -- who tried to handle an abuse allegation and was blacklisted because of their attempt to help?

Are you someone, or do you know someone -- who was sexually abused in a church context, and was told to just "forgive and forget"?

The Bucket Brigade is a group of counselors, coaches, and advocates who understand the nature of abuse and its ramifications in the church. We come alongside survivors of abuse, advocating for biblically redemptive and legally sound church responses.

BB team members volunteer thousands of hours to support abuse victims and transform the culture of the Adventist church from whitewashing abuse to handling cases with justice, mercy, and responsibility.

Your gift goes to support the two Bucket Brigade workers to keep doing this important ministry, for the next two years!

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5 Ways You Can Take A Stand
1) Join our awareness group on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/bucketbrigadeabuse/
2) Book a Bucket Brigade speaker for an educational seminar at your church, school, or organization -- bucketbrigadeteam@gmail.com
3) Support us with your financial donation right here on Fundly
4) Share about the Bucket Brigade on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media feeds
5) Pray for the victims, perpetrators, and the Bucket Brigade team members who work tirelessly for truth and healing.

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