Speaking OUT to end clergy sexual misconduct.

Honoring Dr. Diana Garland

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.

Comments on: "Honoring Dr. Diana Garland" (2)

  1. That’s so sad. Her work has been instrumental in the field of CSA and her writing has healed many victims.

  2. Dana Ward said:

    Our condolences are expressed to Diana’s family, friends, and professional associates. While I did not meet her personally, my communications with her left me deeply impressed. Before was diagnosed, had it worked out logistically, she had offered to come to Maine to testify to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee for a clergy sexual abuse law that we had introduced last year. She was diagnosed shortly thereafter, and could not come, but she continued to lift us up in prayer. The bill received a unanimous “ought to pass” by the committee, but unfortunately was held up in the House. It seems forces behind the scenes, don’t want any CSA laws whatsoever in Maine. Diana’s research and publications helped us get to where we are today, and we will be pressing for the bill to move forward in the second session of the 127th Maine Legilature. Thank you to Diana, for her very important groundbreaking research and publications on clergy sexual abuse. Her legacy will live on!

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