We have lost a great leader in this fight. Last night, Diana Garland lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
Among Dr. Garland’s many accomplishments:
* As the Dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work, she led its growth from a two-professor department to one of the leading social work schools in the nation. In 2008, Garland led the landmark Baylor University study on clergy sexual misconduct.
* She wrote When Wolves Wear Shepherds’ Clothing, one of the very best essays about the experience of CSM survivors.
* She was a powerful force behind the launch of Baylor’s upcoming study of church response to CSM. (The survey is now closed. I’ll share results of the study — led by Dr. David Pooler — as soon as they are published.)
I never met Diana Garland in person, but the few times we spoke I was struck with her warmth, intelligence, commitment, and generosity of spirit. She never made me feel like “just another survivor.” She made me feel like an important part of the effort. I grieve her death, but mostly I thank God for her life. My healing — and the healing of many survivors — is more complete because of Diana Garland.
In April, Baylor University renamed the school of social work. It is now the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
You can read more about Dr. Garland’s work at Baylor here.
Please keep Diana Garland’s family and colleagues in prayer.