Julia Kavanaugh, an Irish Roman Catholic, was a Victorian novelist and biographer. Her book "Women of Christianity" offers the earliest survey of women’s lives in the Christian tradition. This text refutes the frequent charge of trendiness of egalitarianism, as it was written 150 years ago. It confronts male-dominated history (“great events, dazzling actions”) as pagan and transcends the “wearisome similarity” often depicted in saints’ lives. Finally, her book invites connections with contemporary feminist texts.
Most Christians do not hesitate to call God "father," "brother," and "comforter," yet there are those among us who struggle in shame, trying to comprehend these terms as "safe." As children who were molested by a trusted family member or friend, their understanding of God has been negatively impacted. This recording assists those who care for the female incest survivor to understand how sexual abuse, most specifically incest, can affect her image of God, and how to help restore what was unjustly stolen from her.
Children around the world are at risk from various forms of life-threatening situations. They face many adversities in diverse contexts including wars, famine and disease. However, there is one threat to child well-being that remains constant in all global contexts: the presence of gender-based violence.
This workshop examines the impact of church responses to victims of family violence and explores the role Christians can serve in breaking patterns of silence and biblical misinterpretations that contribute to continuing abuse and vulnerability.