Resolution Against Family Violence (USCJ)

WHEREAS, family violence and sexual abuse occurs in every segment of the Jewish and larger communities; and

WHEREAS, devotion to Jewish tradition and religious observance has not always prevented violent behavior within the family; and

WHEREAS, Judaism asserts that every human being is created in God’s image,

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Ministering as a Church

1. Caring
1.1. The church’s first concern is for people. The body of Christ is a caring community. It cares that each person be in right relationship with God, with neighbor, with nature, with social systems, and with self. It is a caring shared among all the members. It is a mark of Christian love and discipleship. It reaches out to those most in need—the widowed and the orphaned, the weak and the lowly, the despised and the rejected, the hurting and the confused, the lonely and the solitary.

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Expressing Concerns Through Law

1. Laws express society’s recognition that sexual behavior affects not only the participants but also the health, strength, and survival of the society itself. Christians must beware, however, of equating sin with crime. Nor dare they accept the proposition that because behavior is not against the law it therefore must be acceptable. Their concern must be for laws that foster justice, mercy, equality of opportunity, and the protection of basic human rights.

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Defiling God’s Gift

1. Human beings are capable not only of good but also of evil uses of their sexuality. People are ready to exploit this fact to their own power or profit. Major industries are built up around satisfying “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16).

2. Among forms of exploitive sexual behavior against which Christians should be ready to work are those which:

(a) exploit children and youth, men and women, as in pornography and prostitution;

(b) take advantage of persons who are ill, helpless, dependent, handicapped, or of little power;

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Behavior A Social Statement of the American Lutheran Church, a predecessor church body of the ELCA (1980): Upholding Marriage

1. Marriage takes many forms in human communities. The Bible records a number of ways in which men and women were united in stable, clearly defined relationships of sexual behavior. Marriage builds on the foundations of trust, mutual acceptance of agreed-upon roles and expectations, community sanction and support, and long-term commitment. Inherent to marriage is sharing the experience of male/female sexual intercourse (1 Cor. 7:2-9).

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American Baptist Resolution of Family Violence

8094:12/82

AMERICAN BAPTIST RESOLUTION ON FAMILY VIOLENCE

Violence in the family has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Violence, which includes physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, can and does occur in families without regard for race, class, religious affiliation, or occupation. While family violence can be inflicted on any family member by any other family member, it most often is inflicted on the most vulnerable: the women, children and elderly.

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