International Collaboration on Faith and Violence

May 27-29, 2019

Acadia Divinity College,
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Because Domestic Violence affects so many people in our society, including many people who are part of congregations, it is important that religious leaders and congregations understand the dynamics of abuse and the most effective ways to address domestic violence, to respond to the needs of victims, and to provide a safe place for those seeking help and healing.

Acadia Divinity College and its Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care will host a collaborative meeting of researchers from around the world who have been studying ways that congregations respond to the needs of those whose lives have been affected by violence.  The meeting will include public opportunities to understand the issue of domestic violence, to hear about the latest research, and to learn about how best to respond to people’s very real needs in congregations.

SCHEDULE

Date Event Time Location Information
Monday, May 27, 2019
Public Presentation
Churchgoers’ Experiences of, and Church Responses to, Domestic Abuse: A Case Study from the UK
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium Dr. Kristen Aune of Coventry University, UK and Dr. Rebecca Barnes of the University of Leicester, UK
Reception 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium Join us for a reception following the public presentation.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Clergy Breakfast
Presentation: Holy Hush or Shattered Silence: Clergy and Intimate Partner Violence
8:30 am – 10:00 am Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark of the University of New Brunswick, Canada
Registration Required
Public Presentation
Australian clergy responses to domestic violence: Results from the 2016 Australian National Church Life Survey
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium Dr. Ruth Powell of Alphacrucis College, Australia
Reception 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm KC Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium Join us for a reception following the public presentation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Worship Service
Sermon: Hearing the Whole Story
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Manning Memorial Chapel Sermon by the Rev. Daphne Marsden, women’s prison chaplain of Christ Church, New Zealand
Community Lunch 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Manning Memorial Chapel Join us for lunch following the morning worship service. $4 suggested donation.

Conference Attendees Can
Audit This Course for
$99

The Church’s Response
to Domestic Violence

A One-Week Intensive Course Designed to Equip You And Your Church
To Faithfully Respond to Care for Those Who Suffer

Fall 2019

Domestic violence is a serious and pervasive problem in contemporary society and in church congregations. This course will define and explain what domestic violence is, provide an overview of current research, explain the role of churches and church leaders in responding to the needs of victims, and provide information about accessing community resources, all in the context of a Biblical understanding of care for those who suffer. The course will consider the church’s response to social needs as an important aspect of witness.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen McMullin, Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Associate Professor of Evangelism and Mission, Acadia Divinity College, Canada

SPEAKERS

Dr. Kristin Aune
Professor of Sociology of Religion
Coventry University, UK

Dr. Rebecca Barnes
Lecturer in Criminology
University of Leichester, UK

Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark
Professor of Sociology
University of New Brunswick, Canada

Ruth Powell 2019

Dr. Ruth Powell
Associate Professor
Alphacrucis College, Australia

Rev. Daphne Marsden
Women’s Prison Chaplain
Christ Church, NZ

VIDEOS

Churchgoers’ Experiences of, and Church Responses to, Domestic Abuse:
A Case Study from the UK
Dr. Kristen Aune of Coventry University, UK and Dr. Rebecca Barnes of the University of Leicester, UK
Australian Clergy Responses to Domestic Violence
Dr. Ruth Powell – Director, NCLS Research, Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University

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