Fifty people from nine churches will convene Saturday, June 6, to explore a daunting societal scourge as together they plan “A Faithful Response to Domestic Violence.” The first-time, conference-wide training event will occur at West Lawn UMC in Reading, Pa., from 9 AM to 3 PM. “Organizing this has been a powerful experience, and I am so encouraged by the response,” said Sharon Hachtman, RN, a deaconess. “It is not an easy thing to be witnesses to the suffering of domestic violence; but in the words of Marie Fortune of FaithTrust Institute, ‘Let us talk about painful things to open the eyes of others.'”
The goal will be to generate creative, unified responses to domestic violence in districts, churches and communities. Leading the training will be Mollie Vickery from the National Office of United Methodist Women (UMW), Jane Fredrickson, Program Director of the Seattle-based FaithTrust Institute, and FaithTrust trainers Julie Owens and Danielle Hill.
Also attending will be Mary Wilson, RN, chair of the Conference Health & Wellness Team, Ruth Carr of the Conference UMW Social Action Team, and participants from A Woman’s Place, a domestic violence agency in Bucks County.