Protect the Flock - Nov 14
Triumphant Zion Ministries Presents:
Protect the Flock
J. Abigail Cool
Waldo Restoration Branch Live and Live Streamed
November 14th, 2020
Providing healing resources, support, and hope for victims of domestic violence in the church and Prevention Education-Training for those who shepherd the flock.
"Many Christians cannot bear to acknowledge that spousal abuse is an enduring problem within our very own walls. Both individually and as a faith community, we are ashamed and humiliated to admit the presence of such a problem. It is far easier to deny, to minimize, and to conceal...It's time to stop sweeping spousal abuse under the carpet." (Catherine Clark Kroeger, Peace and Safety in the Christian Home, 2008).
One Shepherd's Call to Shepherds of All Faiths to Stand Up for Healing and Justice: by Ken Chitwood
What wasn’t ridiculous was the message I wrote to him: that before he goes off to save the climate and solve the refugee crisis and bring peace to the Middle East, he first needs to take care of priority number one—addressing sexual in his church.
Indeed, sexual abuse has plagued humanity for centuries. Even the Hebrew Scriptures contain tragic stories of abuse, rape, and incest. One of the historical books of these Scriptures relates how Amnon, the son of the famed King David, attempted to force himself on his half-sister, Tamar ().
The pardon sowed in the case of these injuries should not be for the abusers. They must be prosecuted and punished accordingly. Further, churches need to take the issue of abuse as a loud and clear call for reform and to no longer protect the abusers, but admonish them, provide support for the abused, and protect future generations from having to suffer similar mistreatment at the hands of ministers and leadership figures.
Our religious institutions must be remade into places of love, justice, and safety for people of all ages, genders, and dispositions.
If you are experiencing abuse or sexual abuse contact:
MCADSV is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services. For immediate help in Missouri, CLICK HERE or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline or the National Sexual Assault Hotline . For the Deaf Crisis Line videophone call or .