As we develop plans to better care for victims and survivors of domestic violence, we can turn to experts for guidance. We can educate ourselves about intimate partner violence and ask our pastors to address the subject from the pulpit and in other church communications. We can identify safe places, service providers, and other relevant resources in our local communities. However, real change requires introspection. If our congregations want to support people who are experiencing domestic violence, I believe we need to take some time to explore our theological convictions and how they shape the way we respond to victims and survivors of abuse.
—Elizabeth Hagan, Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How does your faith community respond to victims and survivors of abuse? Join the conversation.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.
—Proverbs 3:27 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, grant me the patience and grace to listen, the courage and wisdom to question and speak, and the bravery to create safe space for tough topics.
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