The #MeToo movement has revealed the wide-spread atrocities of sexual abuse within the larger culture. However, the #ChurchToo movement has exposed the church's culpability in this matter. More precisely, the theological malpractice of patriarchal authority without question has created an environment for sexual abuse to flourish behind a protective veil of personal and congregational misplaced conviction. Dr. R. Mitch Randall argues the church must accept responsibility for their part in creating the environment where sexual abuse thrived because the church's teaching of female subservience established male dominance in the culture. Therefore, if the church honestly seeks repentance of the culpability, then they must also turn to an egalitarian theological praxis.
The incidence of abuse is far more common than we believe. According to the CDC, half of all relationships involve lifelong emotional abuse. Recent studies point to much higher numbers. However, when a victim finds the courage to finally speak up, more often than not she is dismissed, not believed, given unhealthy ultimatums, criticized, or shunned. The response sustains the abuse and causes further harms. This second layer of abuse is what Annette Oltmans has termed Double Abuse®. Double Abuse® exacerbates trauma caused by original abuse and can lead a victim to develop complex trauma, or Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). In this breakout session, Annette takes a look at this complicated topic and provides tangible solutions. Listeners will walk away with a new perspective, equipped with tools to respond in healthy and helpful ways to prevent further harm and promote healing and restoration when a victim comes forward with their story of abuse.
With males representing the primary perpetrators of violence, men must be at the forefront of calling out bad behavior and changing social norms. In this workshop, former UC Irvine violence prevention educator Eugene Hung discusses ways that men can promote healthy masculinity and stop violence in college settings.
The crime of human trafficking is a human rights offense. Like trafficking in weapons or drugs, it is big business selling something that society has determined is harmful and should not be sold. This workshop explores pornography in the context of sex trafficking as a cycle of abuse driven by demand and fueled by greed. Sandra Morgan discusses how to redefine the frontline in a united battle for dignity and sacred spaces, and provides tools for all to do their part.
In this workshop, Jussi Suutari will discuss some verses (e.g. Eph. 5) that were important to him during over his own personal struggle with the Bible. The conflict grew out of hierarchical teachings he was hearing on some verses in Paul's letters. Since through his own Bible reading he was seeing the egalitarian overall message of the Bible, he was not able to understand the contradiction nor comprehend God's perspective on the issue. Hear Jussi's way out of the conflict.
This workshop explores how to grow a marriage relationship in which both parties have a voice and decisions are made jointly. We learn about relationships from our family of origin and then in marriage have a choice of what we will take from each of our family backgrounds.
This session explores the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing women survivors of domestic abuse can experience when they give voice to their stories of overcoming through faith. The Healing Voices book will be presented as a backdrop of the liberating power experienced by women survivors/victims of abuse when they give voice to their experiences. They then become legitimate agents of change to move themselves from a position of brokenness into ministry to other women through the sharing their stories.
The motivation for perpetrating abuse is always a lust for power and control. Patriarchy by nature produces a dynamic of power and control creating the perfect environment for abuse to grow, thrive and hide. Ashley Easter looks at the links between patriarchy and abuse in the home and church. Listen as Easter shares her own story of embracing equality in Christ and freedom from abuse. She shares the life-changing details she learned along the way that will help release our Christian communities from the devastating effects of abuse among us.
In this episode of “Conversing,” Mimi Haddad, president of CBE, discusses gender equality and women in leadership. She reflects with Dr. Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, on the complex relationship between theology and real-life injustice, the social and economic benefits of women in leadership, and the pressing task of “dismantling theological patriarchy” in the church.