Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Preparing the Church to Respond to Domestic Abuse

Preparing the Church to Respond to Domestic Abuse (video segment of Seneca Falls 2)


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Dorcas Network at Seneca Falls 2

How can church fellowships be a support to protective and/or non-custodial parents? How can Christians support women and families who are experiencing domestic abuse?

Janice Levinson, co-founder with Lundy Bancroft of the Protective Mother's Alliance International and Waneta Dawn, author of, Behind the Hedge , a novel that explores the effects of domestic abuse on a Mennonite family, are featured speakers at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women's Rights Convention  .

Domestic Violence is our business. Let's learn how to respond compassionately, effectively, and Biblically!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Are You Safe?

It is awkward for those who have had little or no experience in the matter to reach out to someone they suspect may be a victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence, but there are some non-offensive ways of approaching the subject if given an opening. For instance, It was confided to me by a fellow church member that she was experiencing marital problems and was planning on separating from her husband. I could have recommend that she and her husband see one of the pastors for couple's counseling, but I suspected something was going on beyond simple marital discord. I gently asked the woman if she was safe, and her story came tumbling out. She had not confided in anyone at church what she had been going through, and she was devastated at the thought of leaving her abusive husband, but knew she had to. I assured her that the safety of her daughter and herself was paramount, and that she could take time to contemplate the future once that was accomplished.

One step at a time really does apply when it comes to leaving a violent or potentially violent home. And assuring a woman (who is going through the tortuous process of trying to plan for the future while her present is nothing but chaos) that she does not have to deal with all her tomorrows today can be very soothing as there is little doubt that she is frantic about tomorrow as well as her current situation.

Use wisdom, but do get involved. These women need your friendship and support as they struggle to make decisions of life and death import.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Seneca Falls 2, Conference Tour Details

The false doctrine of female subordination to male authority lies at the very root of domestic abuse and domestic violence among professing Christians. The premise is despotic and abusive in and of itself. Domestic Violence among Christians will never be eradicated until gender equality is acknowledged and practically implemented. That is why the Seneca Falls 2 Conference Tour should be of interest to anyone concerned with addressing domestic violence and domestic abuse among Christians. All Seneca Falls 2 conferences will include sessions in responding compassionately, Biblically, and effectively to victims of domestic violence and abuse within our spheres of influence. The first conference is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2010, location to be announced. For more information or to be notified of a conference in your area, visit: http://www.senecafalls2.com/

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mommy Fight For Us!

This is the last time we will be writing about the Battered Mothers Custody Conference after the conference is over. In the future, The Dorcas Network will be promoting the conference throughout the year. How does this align with the “Strictly Christian” approach to Domestic Violence and Christian response? In answer to that we refer you to Proverbs 24:10-12 jav: If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. If you neglect to deliver them that are drawn to their deaths, and those that are ready to be slain; If you say, Behold, we knew it not; does not he that knows the heart consider it? And he that holds your soul in his power, does not he know it? And shall he not hold you accountable?

Women are dying from domestic violence. Children, handed over to abusers in the name of "justice" are dying—and not just a few. Those who do not die or suffer permanent physical injuries carry internal scars that will affect them for the rest of their lives. This is our business! He who searches the hearts tells us clearly that it is our business. It is also part of the way that we, as Christians, respond compassionately, effectively, and Biblically to the sin and crime of domestic violence. It is part of the way we obey the command of Christ to be light and salt in our world.

The conference addresses the issues of domestic violence and protective parents (whether the protective parents are mothers or fathers). Do not believe for a moment that there are not many battered mothers and protective parents among the ranks of professing Christians. Our churches are full of them.

We should attend this conference in order to educate ourselves. We should finance the trip for financially overburdened protective parents who would otherwise be unable to attend a conference that puts practical tools in the hands of those going through the very expensive, completely exhausting, legal nightmare of trying to protect their children.

You’ll pray for them? That’s a good thing, a very wonderful thing, now make the next step and put hands, feet, and wings to your prayers, add physical time, effort, and money to them. Hear the cry of a 2010 conference attendee’s daughters, who begged, “Mommy, fight for us. Do something every day to try to get us back and don’t ever stop.”

The Battered Mothers Custody Conference is held every January in Albany, New York. Plan on attending next year’s conference and, if you can, help send a protective parent as well.