Church Based Resources
Church Resource Manual on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Contextual bible studies to transform our response to SGBV
We are grateful for the support of UNFPA South Africa in this regard.
Coalition member, Restored provide training for churches in the UK – for more information go to: http://www.restoredrelationships.org/inchurchestoo/forchurches/
In March 2011, coalition members Tearfund produced a report looking at the potential of the church to respond and prevent sexual violence.
Coalition member, the World Council of Churches have produced a contextualised bible study on Judges 19. Written by Dr Fulata Mbano-Moyo, a systematic theologian and church historian and currently works as the World Council of Churches’ Programme Executive for women in church and society.
Bible Text: Text – Judges 19
Bible Study: Study – Judges 19
Though the story of the “Concubine” in Judges 19 is about costly sacrifice through dismembering and death, it always reminds me of my being sacrificed to hospitality. Whose interests and safety do we serve in our understanding of hospitality?
This is surely one of the most horrific stories in the Bible. It is certainly not one that was read to me at my mother’s knee.
The individual tragedy of the abused concubine and of the women in the film are much more resonant and yet in both the film and the Bible narrative, the male protagonists find excuses, prejudices and political theories to keep them from accepting the basic truth of human suffering. Tragedy fuels further tragedy, as revenge and violence escalates and trauma compounds.
Their bodies are wrecked by the careless greed of men but the response from their kinsmen is one of shame, disgust and further violence. Do we ever find ourselves responding to another’s pain with such violence?
A body willingly given is very different to a body taken by force. Does a God who knows rejection and violence have a special message for women who share these experiences?
Coalition member, Restored have established a campaign to mobilise men within the church to take a stand against gender based violence. For more information visit their website or view their resource: Living as a First Man Standing
Coalition member, Restored have launched a church resource entitled ‘Christians ending violence against women. This is available to download here.
Our sister coalition, WWSO US has produced a series of three sermon guides on preventing sexual violence and gender based violence.
If you would like to download a copy of the guides please visit their website. Please note these guides are written for the US-based Christian in mind.