If domestic violence is a new issue for you, we highly recommend "What Churches Can Do," a DVD with an accompanying Study Guide which offers excellent instructions for holding an event to raise awareness about domestic violence.
- Get a copy of "What Churches Can Do" from the Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, Washington. Their years of experience have benefited many denominations and faiths in this important work. Each Conference Social Action Coordinator and Vice President should have this resource available for their district and local counterparts. Copies are available for free loan from the Office of Children, Youth and Family Advocacy by calling 212-682-3633 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. through the DVD and Study Guide together. It will help you understand the wide range of concerns involved in domestic violence.
- Form a task force of United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men (4-6 people). If there is no organized United Methodist Men group in your church, find two men in your congregation who would partner with you to provide support and leadership in promoting this issue among others in your church.
- Arrange for copies of the brochure, "What Can Churches Do?' through the Mission Resource Center.
- After experiencing this as a task force, consider planning a church wide event for your congregation.
January 4, 2011