To: The Community of Faith

A Call to Break the Silence on Violence Against Women and Girls

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A Call: #SilenceIsNotSpiritual
A Call to Break the Silence on Violence Against Women and Girls

We, as women elders and leaders, issue a call of action to the faith community to end violence against women. Throughout the Christmas season—symbolic of God’s incarnation among the suffering—and culminating on Easter Sunday—symbolic of God’s victory over sin and oppression—we call churches into two streams of action:

1. To stand with women who experience violence. A call to solidarity by making space for women to break their silence in our congregations and communities. Recognizing each woman’s inherent dignity, we call on churches to create protected spaces where survivors of violence can offer their stories, as they choose, and where the body can receive these stories with empathy, love and care.

2. To stand up for women who experience violence. A call to advocacy, repenting of our silent ascent to systems, structures, and practices that harm our sisters. We desire to spark action at all levels affecting the lives of women. We call the leaders and influencers within the greater faith community to action. We invite the Body of Christ to adopt a genuine willingness to repent where we have failed and to fight both systemic and individual injustices in our midst.

Read the full statement at http://SilenceIsNotSpiritual.org

Why is this important?

This moment in history is ours to steward. More than 150 initial signatories are calling churches everywhere to end the silence and stop all participation in violence against women. Silence is not spiritual. Action is not optional.


Reasons for signing

  • Because i spent 15 years trying to change myself into a perfect proverbs 31 wife and lost myself in the process. Because it is time for abusers to be held accountable and the church MUST do better with regards to counseling, assisting, and providing sanctuary for healing. Because sometimes divorce IS the answer. Less judgement and more love is needed.
  • Christianity has, for too long, provided theological cover for the abuse, marginalization, oppression, and silencing of women. It's time for it to repent and reject the sin that's been woven into it.
  • I completely tautoko this korero. My fellow men, we have a role to play in this. With almost all violence against women committed by men it is we who can stop it. Sign the petition but also speak out against talk amongst your friends or colleagues that demeans or objectifies women. Stand up against “locker room” talk and most importantly let’s raise up a new generation of men who respect women and treat them as their equals.

Updates

2018-01-03 10:09:08 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2017-12-20 12:40:18 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2017-12-20 11:39:42 -0500

500 signatures reached

2017-12-20 11:06:18 -0500

100 signatures reached

2017-12-20 10:37:12 -0500

50 signatures reached

2017-12-20 10:23:17 -0500

25 signatures reached

2017-12-20 10:11:51 -0500

10 signatures reached