Break the Silence Sunday Resources

In 2019, the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a prudential resolution:

Supporting Survivors Of Rape and Sexual Violence Through An Ongoing Church-Wide 2 Observance of Break The Silence Sunday (BTSS).

This resolution:

• Calls upon the national church leadership, Conferences, Associations, and local churches to speak out in support of survivors of rape and sexual violence, offer care to individuals, including silent supportive witness in courtrooms, and advocate for sexual violence prevention education

• Calls the national setting of the United Church of Christ, as an act of repentance and commitment to healing, to add an annual observance of Break The Silence Sunday (BTSS) to its calendar with the suggested date of the fourth Sunday of April so as to occur within national sexual assault awareness month;

• Invites local churches to participate in an annual observance of Break The Silence Sunday, on the suggested Sunday or any date or dates deemed appropriate, honoring within their worship, education, and community contexts the stories and struggles of survivors of rape and sexual violence, and encourage such an observance in the ecumenical community;

• Encourages all settings of the church to treat survivors of sexual violence and their stories (paying particular attention to the needs of communities of color, LGBTQ+ identifying people, and people with disabilities) with due care and preparation, allowing time for education, self-care, and gathering of resources;

• Encourages all settings of the United Church of Christ to educate clergy and laity on how to support survivors of rape and sexual violence including trauma-informed care, and to advocate on behalf of those not yet ready to speak openly so that the voices of survivors do not speak alone.

Worship Resources

BTSS Resources for Worship from Rev. Moira Finley

BTSS Clergy Commitment

Every 68 Seconds Prayer

To the Survivors Among Us Prayer

Dear Survivor

We Have Come


We Will Speak Out | Sexual Violence Research Initiative


Litanies


From the Faith Trust Institute

From Advocates for Youth

From the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

A link to RAINN


Local Church Resources


Wisconsin Conference Break The Silence Sunday Materials