As you read about these different types of adverse childhood experiences, you may recognize some of them in your own life. If you have known any of these experiences personally, take note of how you are feeling right now. Consider some of the effects that these events have had on your life now or in the recent past. The work of building safer sanctuaries is important, but do not let the importance of your current task negate your own feelings in this moment. It is vitally important that you can take [care] of yourself as you do this work, and part of this is considering your own history. If you are a trauma survivor and feel you may benefit from talking more about what you’ve experienced, please take the time to call someone and seek help. You may consider talking with a pastor or trusted friend or church member about counseling resources in the community and getting connected with more support.
— Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust Within Faith Communities (Discipleship Resources, 2023)
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The Lord is my rock, my protection, my Savior. My God is my rock. I can run to him for safety. He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender.
—Psalm 18:2 (NCV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, we recognize that all people are entrusted to our care. We
respond to your will for us to diligently watch over one another. Help us keep our eyes
alert to dangers. Enable us to have attentive ears to even the silent cries for help. … Use our community to be a sure place of safety
for all. Use our community to be a source of overflowing love and compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Prayer from page 222, Safer Sanctuaries
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Since 1998, Safe Sanctuaries resources have been a trusted source of guidance for churches and other affiliated institutions as they work to reduce the risk of abuse in their communities. Now, Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities is a new and comprehensive resource that continues the tradition of Safe Sanctuaries ministry on the strong foundation of past resources while also inspiring and preparing churches for the work of the future. Learn more at SaferSanctuaries.org.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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