Domestic Violence Webinar Archive

Addressing Domestic and Sexual Violence: Tools for Faith Leaders is a webinar series designed to increase our capacity to effectively respond to and prevent domestic and sexual violence in the life of our church. Each webinar will address a different topic from a theological perspective as well as provide best practices and resources. This series will educate, equip and inspire both clergy and laity to join the movement to end sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Offered by Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the FaithTrust Institute (FTI).

The Prophetic Voice: How do we preach?
June 15, 2011

Overview: How do we integrate addressing victimization into our preaching beyond a once-a-year special Sunday?  Someone in your congregation is waiting for a word from the pulpit.

Abuse and Forgiveness: The Possibilities of Healing
June 8, 2011

Overview: For survivors of abuse, forgiveness is the last step . . . maybe.  How do our theology and study of scripture guide our process?

Taking it to the Next Level: Healthy Teen Relationships
May 17, 2011

Overview: Technology has added a new twist to teen relationships – the Internet, texting, smart phones all present new opportunities and dangers.  This webinar will address ways youth pastors and leaders can address healthy relationships and teen dating violence education into the youth ministry activities. It will address signs and components of healthy relationships as well as how to respond to teenagers involved in unhealthy relationships.

Sharpening Your Premarital Counseling Tools: Addressing domestic violence in premarital counseling


Overview: This webinar will address the importance of screening for domestic violence.  How to screen for past, current or potential domestic violence and affirm the components of a healthy covenantal relationship.

The Invisible Victims of Domestic Violence: Children's exposure to domestic violence
March 22, 2011


Overview: This webinar will look at the prevalence of and the effects on children who are exposed to domestic violence.  We will specifically discuss some of the high risks for teens living in violent homes, their coping strategies, spiritual crisis and what churches can do to advocate for them.

    Men's Ministry: Men Stopping Violence Against Women
    March 8, 2011


    What is required of Our Brothers in the UCC in the movement to stop violence against women and girls?  What can men do individually and collectively? This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of gender based violence and review successful secular community based and church models for men to stop and prevent domestic violence.

    Ministry with Batterers
    February 15, 2011


    We have learned that survivor safety and empowerment are of primary importance. But— what does the batterer need to do to change? What is our responsibility to the perpetrator? What does it mean to hold the abuser accountable? Whose responsibility is it to make that happen?

    Religious Resources and Roadblocks
    February 8, 2011


    Why do so many survivors of abuse leave the church?  What are some of the main reasons women stay in abusive marriages? What religious teachings hold women hostage in abusive relationships? This webinar will address the spiritual crisis many survivors of abuse experience as a result of traditional teachings and misinterpretation of scripture as well as how clergy and lay leaders can help.

    Ministry to Survivors of Domestic Violence
    January 25, 2011


    There are survivors in all of our churches.  How can clergy and churches become safe places and people for survivors to seek help?  What are the roles and goals of clergy and the congregation in response to domestic violence?

    Preventing Domestic and Sexual Violence: What Churches can do
    January 18, 2011


    There are survivors in all of our churches.  How can clergy and churches become safe places and people for survivors to seek help?  What are the roles and goals of clergy and the congregation in response to domestic violence?

    Is God Still Listening . . . to the Voices of Survivors
    January 11, 2010


    This webinar discussed the results of a survey conducted in 2009 to ascertain prevalence of abuse in families within the United Church of Christ and the capacity of our leaders to successfully respond.  The Rev. Dr. Marie M Fortune, FTI Founder and Senior Analyst, and the Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih, FTI Director for Training and Consulting, hosted this webinar symposium exploring:

    • Theological and ethical issues of domestic and sexual violence
    • The role of clergy and laity in responding and preventing domestic and sexual violence
    • The importance of integrating domestic and sexual violence education into Christian education
    • The importance of national, regional and local church involvement
    • How safe and healthy families make safe and healthy congregations
    • Strategies for moving forward

    Ms. Sandra Sorensen
    Director of Washington Office
    100 Maryland Avenue, NE
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    Ms. Kristen Walling
    Intern, Justice & Witness Ministries
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    Cleveland,Ohio 44115