International Collaboration on Faith and Violence

May 27-29, 2019

Acadia Divinity College,
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Family violence is the most prevalent form of interpersonal violence in the world today. Women and children are more likely to suffer harm at the hands of those who claim to love them than by strangers or in war. The impacts of witnessing violence between their parents are as harmful as being the direct targets of abuse for children, curbing their healthy emotional and physical development. Spiritual abuse is becoming more widely recognized as a component of family violence amongst families of faith.

Solutions to the problem of family violence require the collaborative response of domestic violence service providers, criminal justice workers, therapeutic professionals, and religious leaders.

This event will bring together researchers, religious leaders and public service providers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to providing information based on the latest international research on faith and violence, there will be opportunities for local religious leaders and seminarians to learn about professional development opportunities and resources developed for use in congregations.

Highlights include:

In Churches Too: Church Responses to Domestic Abuse – public presentation by Dr. Kristen Aune of Coventry University and Dr. Rebecca Barnes of the University of Leicester, UK on Monday 27 May at 7:00 pm.

Religion and Violence E-Learning: Online Resources for Pastors and Churches – clergy breakfast presentation by Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark of the University of New Brunswick on Tuesday 28 May from 8:30-10:00 am.

Spiritual Abuse and Domestic Violence in Faith Communities – public presentation by Dr. Lisa Oakley of Chester University, UK on Tuesday 28 May at 7:00 pm.

Worship at the Acadia Divinity College Chapel with a sermon by the Rev. Daphne Marsden, women’s prison chaplain of Christ Church, New Zealand on Wednesday 29 May from 11:45 am -12:30 pm.

Full program details and registration information coming soon.