“Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Eph. 5:25
In Ephesians 5, Paul has written instructions on how husbands should treat their wives. However, every 24 minutes in the United States a woman is physically abused by an intimate partner.
One in four women and one in nine men are physically, verbally or sexually abused by their partner. Domestic violence is an epidemic in this country. It is not something that happens to someone else. It is a problem that happens to our neighbors and friends, our family and members of our church. We all know someone who is affected by domestic violence. Read more…
The new Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee sponsored its first seminar, Domestic Violence: The Faith Coimmunity Responds, Nov. 17, 2018, at West Lawn UMC. The Rev. Lydia Mulkey (right), from FaithTrust Institute, keynoted the event and taught one of three workshops on:
Another, similar seminar is being planned for Sept. 28, 2019.
Violence against women and girls is a sin. It goes against God’s design and plan for us. And yet, one in three women experiences sexual or gender-based violence. Why is that? And what does it say about our theology that so many women and girls in our congregations are survivors of this violence?
Church and Society just published a new curriculum, “Hidden in Plain Sight: A Call to End Domestic Violence.” This study is designed to give adult education classes, church Bible studies, campus ministries and other small groups the tools to reflect on what the Bible and The United Methodist Church have to say about domestic violence.
The study has four hourlong sessions that look at different aspects and intersections of domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
I highly encourage you to use this resource sometime in October, but you can use it any time of the year.
Director, Women’s & Children’s Advocacy
Church and Society