This webinar series offers church leaders insight into domestic violence in Christian contexts and welcomes engagement with biblical text that functions to heal rather than harm.
At the end of the webinar series, you will walk away with a deeper awareness of the reality of domestic violence in Christian contexts, the complexities of facing these challenges, and meaningful biblical engagement with which to face these challenges.
Behind Closed Doors: The Church and Domestic Abuse in Christian Homes
Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 10:00 – 11:15 am CT
The reality of domestic abuse in Christian homes is a complex and multi-faceted problem that is frequently hidden behind closed doors. This webinar looks at prevalence rates, contributing factors, social and psychological consequences, and the conundrums faced by pastors responding to domestic abuse among their congregants.
Val Hiebert – Abuse Response & Prevention, MCC Manitoba
As Abuse Response & Prevention Assistant Coordinator, Val, together with Jaymie Friesen, raises awareness, teaching workshops and seminars relating to healthy relationships within churches and families. In addition to this she conducts various types of domestic abuse related research. She is also Assistant Professor of Sociology at Providence University College, where she has taught about gender, children & violence, language & culture, cultural anthropology, and marriage & family for the past 20 years. Val enjoys bringing her academic learnings into community contexts, for awareness, advocacy and conversation.
Opening Closed Doors: The Bible, Pastoral Care, and the Challenges of Domestic Abuse
Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 10:00 – 11:15 am CT
As a result of the historical silence surrounding domestic abuse in Christian homes, pastors report feeling ill-equipped to respond effectively. This webinar explores life-giving readings of the Biblical text that can contribute to meaningful and positive pastoral engagement, opening doors to healing and hope.
Cameron McKenzie – Pastor, Fort Garry Evangelical Mennonite Church
Cameron joined Fort Garry Evangelical Mennonite Church as lead pastor earlier this year, after 25 years teaching Old Testament at Providence University College. In addition to teaching, Cameron filled roles as dean and provost at Providence. When they are not doting on their new grand-daughter, Cameron and his wife Irma enjoy walking, cycling, good coffee and British sitcoms.
Webinar series presented by Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba