October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The General Commission on United Methodist Men has developed an eight-week study to teach about healthy masculinity in the Bible and how to change the culture that promotes violence against women.
The curriculum will be launched through a webinar on November 7th at 7:00pm Eastern Time. The live webinar is limited to the first 100 participants, but it will be recorded and made available online. Register for the webinar here.
UMM is also seeking men’s groups to pilot the curriculum in November and December. For additional information, please contact the Rev. Dr. Rick Vance, director of men’s ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The NC Conference Media Center also offers resources on domestic violence for use in church settings.
The United Methodist Women collaborated on an interfaith DVD documentary, I Believe You: Faith’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence. This one-hour video tells the stories of survivors and how faith organizations responded to their needs.
FaithTrust Institute is a multifaith non-profit working to end domestic violence around the world. We have their program, Domestic Violence: What Churches Can Do, which uses a 20-minute video, worship materials, background information, discussion questions, and practical steps to teach a one-hour program on how churches can be a safe space for battered women.
FaithTrust also offers a youth program, Love – All That and More, that teaches teens about healthy relationships and how to take steps to overcome abuse. The six-session program includes three videos, discussion questions, activities, and a Christian facilitator’s guide.
Request These Resources
Would you like to use these resources in your church or small group? Simply fill out the Resource Request Form, or contact the Media Center with any questions. The NC Conference Media Center is open to all clergy and laity in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, free of charge.