100 episodes

Conversations at the intersection of faith and true crime hosted by private investigator and church safety advocate Lori Morrison.

The Unlovely Truth Lori Morrison

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 61 Ratings

Conversations at the intersection of faith and true crime hosted by private investigator and church safety advocate Lori Morrison.

    Concealed Truth: Peeling Back the Lies We Tell Ourselves; S5E7

    Concealed Truth: Peeling Back the Lies We Tell Ourselves; S5E7

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Mother’s Day “gift” to churches that no one wants
    Pedophile priest says abuse “...wasn’t a big deal in those days…”
    We may have made an idol out of the modern worship music machine
     
    This week in each of our cases, someone was trying to hide something evil. The Bible is pretty clear on how well that’s going to work out.
     
    Luke 8:17 NLT
     
    For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
     
    I know there are all kinds of reasons to try to hide what we’ve done individually, as a ministry, and even as an entire church. We are embarrassed, we want to escape the consequences of our actions, and sometimes it’s because we want to be able to continue the behavior even though we know it’s wrong.
     
    When a church does this, the reason is often cloaked in very noble-sounding words: we don’t want to harm the witness of the church. We want to keep up our reputation. We don’t want to tarnigh the name of Jeus.  I’m sorry, but that’s all a load of crap. I’m going to be very bold here and say that the people who are saying this are complicit in the abuse of victims. It’s very spiritually abusive to act as though what a victim has gone through deserves less care that the reputation of the abuser or the church does. 
     
    I’ll climb down off my soapbox now, ut I hope I’ve given you something to think about. Something to challenge your own church leaders about. Because the church should be working for the glory of God and for the people it serves, not the people it put into leadership positions. 
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
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    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Bomb threats to churches
     
    Priest says abuse is no big deal
     
    Hillsong settlement falls apart

    • 11 min
    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues: S6E6

    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues: S6E6

    This Is Why I Have Trust Issues
     
    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Church daycare faces lawsuit alleging abuse
    Poor communication damages a church’s reputation
    Multiple lawsuits against church for coverup
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my coaching services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode (w/link)
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    More info on the church daycare lawsuit
     
    FBI investigates children's pastor
     
    Did church cover up abuse?

    • 11 min
    "Baptistland" interview with Christa Brown S6Bonus1

    "Baptistland" interview with Christa Brown S6Bonus1

    Christa Brown is a self-described Baptist clergy sex abuse survivor.  But she's so much more. Christa has devoted years of her life to shining a light on the widespread systemic problem of clergy sex abuse and church coverups in what she calls "Baptistland". That's the title of her new book, which was released earlier this week. Christa also wrote "This Little Light", and I had the honor of speaking with her so that we could let more people find ways to make their churches safer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 
    "According to Child USA, a leading think tank for the rights of children, fifty-two is theaverage age of a person bringing forward a report of childhood sexual abuse. Iwas fifty-one. The mental hurdles are huge. Many child sex abuse victims wait until after the perpetrator has died, and many never disclose their childhood abuse. Manynever even recognize that what they experienced was abuse." - Christa Brown
    Highlights from this episode include:
    Exploding the myth that "that doesn't happen in MY church"
    Why churches should not try to handle child sexual abuse issues "in-house"
    Should forgiveness always lead to restoration
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovely Truth:
    Share the episode 
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
    Christa's Substack site: https://christabrown.substack.com/
     
    Christa's webpage with links to columns she's published about clergy sex abuse: https://christabrown.me/columns/
     
    Child USA's webpage on statute of limitations reform: https://childusa.org/sol/
     
    Christa's handle on X (formerly Twitter) is: @ChristaBrown777
     
    Buy Christa's new book
     
     

    • 29 min
    Jesus Loves You, But Give Us Back the Van: S6E5

    Jesus Loves You, But Give Us Back the Van: S6E5

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Church lawn worker robbed and beaten 
    Pastor caught in murder-for-hire scheme
    Food ministry has delivery van stolen
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Church lawn worker robbed and beaten 
     
    Pastor caught in murder-for-hire scheme
     
    Food ministry has delivery van stolen

    • 11 min
    The Relentless Search for a Victim:S6E4

    The Relentless Search for a Victim:S6E4

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    A female volunteer who abused a minor
    Pastors who abuse staff, volunteers, and congregants
    A staff member’s financial abuse of an entire church
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my safety consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovley Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn (add pinterest when done)
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Read more about Reagan Gray
     
    Read more about Scott Sauls
     
    Read More about Lisa Noble here and here 

    • 10 min
    There Are Clues. There Are Always Clues: S6E3

    There Are Clues. There Are Always Clues: S6E3

    I’m so glad you’ve joined me at the intersection of faith and true crime here at The Unlovely Truth. Security issues are hiding in every church - do you know where to look for them? I’m your host, church safety advocate Lori Morrison. Our churches need to be the safest places in our communities, so our mission here is to find actionable steps that will make our churches sanctuaries of physical, emotional, and spiritual safety. To give you tools to help make that happen in your church, we’re going to investigate real crime stories from real churches. I’ve got three cases for us to investigate today, so let’s dive right in. 
     
    Highlights from this episode include:
     
    Trust should be given based on character - not titles
    How NOT to respond to a crisis
    Crimes in church are bad enough - the coverup is always worse
     
    Visit my website to access more episodes. If you would like to contact me about booking me as a speaker, or ask about my consulting services, please email me at lori@theunlovelytruth.com. 
     
    Ways you can support the work of The Unlovely Truth:
     
    Share the episode 
     
    Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn 
     
    Check out my Amazon Author Page to find resources on personal safety, and safety training for churches. 
     
    Car scam pastor 
     
    Social Security con pastor
     
    Christian school teacher tries to kill husband
     
    Priest tries to kill reporter

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Hooks2Crook ,

I know her well!

Thank you Lori for your bravery to shed light on difficult stories. Season 4 Episode 4 is powerful and offers hope throughout both ladies stories. Again thank you so much for being a PI (person of impact.)❤️

Lori A from Texas ,

Fascinating, Enlightening,

I only recently discovered this podcast, but I am so thankful I did. I appreciate how the host shares stories of true crimes with insight and sensitivity, bring forth a spiritual truth as she does. I enjoy hearing from the Private Investigator perspective, but even more so I enjoy hearing from a Person of Impact perspective.

TJM in TN ,

Excellent podcast

Well communicated and interesting while shedding light on unsolved cases and some everyday situations we all need to be on guard for.
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