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"Domestic Violence: The Faith Community Responds"
9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: FaithTrust Institute - Rev. Lydia Mulkey

West Lawn UMC
15 Woodside Ave, Reading, PA 19609

  • $15 to register before November 1.
  • $20 to register after November 1.
Offering .20 CEUs for this event. Both laity and clergy are urged to attend. The conference Board of Ordained Ministry endorses this training event and highly recommends it to clergy.

9:00: Registration, Check-In & Gathering

9:20: Welcome
  • History and Mission of the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Domestic Violence
  • Introduction of Speaker

9:30 – 10:45: Opening Presentation – “Violence in Families: A Trauma-Informed Response”
  • Faith communities have a valuable role to play in addressing domestic and family violence. You will learn how your community can understand the impacts of trauma, ensure safety, support for survivors, and create a community that helps to prevent one of the most common and pervasive public health issues in the world.

11:00 – 12:00: Workshops (choose workshop with registration)
  1. “Are We Ready for GenZ ?” How does domestic violence affect Generation Z, born after the millennial generation, including those in middle school, high school and just beginning college? How can we help them understand, prevent and respond to DV in their social environments? A workshop especially for parents, guardians, youth ministers and teens, led by Amelia Rayburn and Sandra Lewis (retired) of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County.
  2. “Introduction to AMEND” Clifton Hubbard, Chair of EPAUC’s United Methodist Men, and John Coleman, Eastern PA Conference’s director of communications, will co-lead this workshop introducing the AMEND program which is designed to help men identify their abusive/violent behaviors and the beliefs and attitudes that support it, and to adopt non-violent beliefs and behaviors that support safety, fairness and equality in their relationships.
  3. “Pastoral and Congregational Care - A Faithful Response to Domestic Violence” Led by FaithTrust's Rev. Lydia Mulkey. Includes video case studies and pastoral care responses.

12:00 - 12:45: Lunch

12:45 - 1:45: Planning for the Future
  • The Call to Action - FaithTrust will provide guidance on how to collaborate in the community and a toolkit to help meet the commitments. We will have "toolkit" materials for all participants. We will develop a plan and timeline for sharing our commitments with our congregations.

1:45 to 2:00 PM: Closing (music and prayer)