Local churches coming together to say no more to domestic violence

March 03, 2017

Some churches in the greater Birmingham area are working together to say "no more" to domestic violence. The pastors are making plans to preach a sermon addressing the issue during the month of May. Training opportunities to prepare and better equip pastors and church staff are also being planned.

The video below produced by Birmingham First UMC features Rev. John Hill, pastor of Flint Hill UMC, and Rev. Stephanie Arnold, associate pastor of Birmingham First UMC.

They explain the purpose of the video: “Domestic violence is something that affects every community within our conference. It transcends race, class, and any other boundary. That’s why we are hoping that our churches can play a role in raising awareness about this problem as well as finding ways we can be advocates for victims. This video shares why we believe it’s important for us to address domestic violence in our churches as well as some training opportunities coming up.”

Two domestic violence awareness trainings for clergy and church staffs are already scheduled in the Birmingham area. 

  • March 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Canterbury UMC
  • March 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Birmingham First UMC

The trainings will be led by Annetta Nunn of the YWCA of Central Alabama and Allison Dearing of One Place, an organization which provides coordinated services to victims of domestic violence & sexual assault through a multi-disciplinary team working together under one roof.

For more information or to register for a training email rg@firstchurchbhm.com.

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