The Rev. Claire Brown is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat and group facilitator living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her writing and research focuses on the connections between the Eucharist, transformative spiritual practice, and community ethics. Claire is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and the School of Theology at Sewanee. She is the co-author of Keep Watch with Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers.
The tendencies of any group of human beings to normalize power and hide harm are themselves, then, subject to the process Matthew’s gospel is describing. The frankness of communication, of subsidiarity mediation and conflict negotiation, the expectation of honest and mutual accountability described here should also be applied, as healthily and faithfully as possible, to the workings of authority, relationship, and power system within the community.