We reported on this here.
There are now new allegations. Maggie John, the chair of the Toronto Meeting House Overseers Board, recently sent an e-mail to the church family to inform them that Dr. Melodie Bissell, a sexual abuse victim’s advocate, received new allegations of sexual misconduct against Cavey. Here is a taste of that e-mail.
Dear church family…
Our commitment, as we follow Jesus, is to be as honest and transparent as possible as we foster a safe and caring church community. Out of that commitment, we need to share with you that Melodie has received new allegations of sexual misconduct against Bruxy, unrelated to the previous investigation. Melodie has obtained permission from the two individuals who have come forward to notify the Overseers and the church community that the allegations have been made. These individuals are aware that their allegations have not yet been investigated. We take these allegations very seriously and will respond appropriately as more information is received.
The Overseers Board of The Meeting House encourages anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct or abuse by a pastor, staff member, or lay leader within The Meeting House to contact Melodie confidentially at [email protected], or by calling 416-518-1058, or by filling out this online referral form.
Please be assured that, if other allegations come forward, the Overseers will pursue appropriate steps to investigate and to care well for each person, as well as provide updates to our church community. We will host another Town Hall discussion in the next couple weeks to provide any further updates, as well as to continue to talk about next steps for us as a church. Stay tuned for information.
If you are finding this update triggering or especially painful, and need someone to process this with, please reach out to your Lead Pastor for pastoral care. We have also made arrangements to provide funds towards professional counseling for anyone in our church family who needs support….
Friends, these are hard days for our church. We lament with you and want to sit with the variety of emotions we are all feeling.
The letter ends with a quote from Isaiah 43:2-3a.
Read the entire letter here, at a blog of the Winnipeg Free Press.