By Margaret Evans, Outreach Coordinator, Safe Harbort
On Friday, April 20th, faith leaders throughout the Upstate are invited to take part in Shepherding the Unsafe 2018: Responding Faithfully to Domestic Abuse in the Church; a discussion on how to create a culture within congregations that: offers support, safety and helpful referrals for those who may be experiencing abuse within a marriage or relationship; brings congregational education and awareness to the issue of domestic abuse; and equips members (especially church leaders) with a common understanding of healthy relationships within the context of their faith.
Studies show that leaders of the church are often the first people individuals and families turn to for support in times of crisis. Shepherding the Unsafe 2018 will include knowledge and experiences shared by a panel of faith leaders in the Upstate, testimony from a survivor of domestic abuse, training/best practice materials presented by Safe Harbor on how to address the issue of domestic abuse within faith communities, as well as a guided simulation and discussion for church teams to engage in together related to recognizing and responding to this critical issue.
Knowing the important role that faith leaders have in the church, this event will be an opportunity for participants to learn more about the complexity of domestic abuse and how they can use their influence as a faith leader to foster a supportive environment within their congregation for victims, survivors and families.
Where: Grace Church | Pelham Rd. Campus | 2801 Pelham Rd. Greenville, SC 29615
When: Friday, April 20th, 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Register for the event here: https://shepherdingtheunsafe.eventbrite.com
Shepherding the Unsafe 2018 is organized by the following CARE Covenant Congregations: Augusta Heights Baptist Church, Earle Street Baptist Church, Fellowship Greenville, Grace Church, Hampton Park Baptist Church, Israel Metropolitan CME Church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, and New Jerusalem Church- Greer. Learn more about the CARE Covenant here: http://safeharborsc.org/care-covenant-upstate-congregations/