WHEREAS, there is an alarming increase in domestic violence; and
WHEREAS, Judaism teaches that all human beings were made in the image of God; and
WHEREAS, home should be a haven, the place where each person can count on being valued and protected; and
WHEREAS, violence in the family is not deserved, but is an abuse of power and is wrong; and
WHEREAS, both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence are often too embarrassed, ashamed, and/or humiliated to seek professional help; and
WHEREAS, a synagogue should be a place for teaching restraint, decency, and reverence.
The deafening and disabling silence that has surrounded the abuse of women and children is being broken. We now know that overwhelming numbers of women and children in our churches and communities are being battered, raped, emotionally and psychologically abused, and physically and sexually assaulted. The abuse occurs in communities of every racial composition and every economic status, in rural areas as well as cities, in families adhering to every religion and to no religion. Silence will no longer shield us from our complicity in the violence nor from our failure to overcome it.
WHEREAS the American Missionary Association, the Commission for Racial Justice, the Coordinating Center for Women in Church and Society, the Office for Church in Society, and the Twentieth General Synod of the United Church of Christ seek to have the whole church begin to address the pandemic of violence in our society;
WHEREAS our Christian convictions call us to be peacemakers in a world in need of peace;
WHEREAS violence is assaulting all persons through physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and through the media;
Seventh-day Adventists believe that all people, male and female, are created equal, in the image of a loving God. We believe that both men and women are called to fill a significant role in accomplishing the primary mission of the Adventist Church: working together for the benefit of humanity. Yet we are painfully aware that throughout the world, in developing and developed nations, adverse societal conditions often inhibit women from fulfilling their God-given potential.
WHAT IS ABUSE?
Abuse is any attitude or behavior that endangers a person’s emotional, physical or spiritual well-being, endangers his/her life. That prevents a person from reaching his/her full potential or prevents developing a close relationship with other persons and his/her Lord and Savior.
No. 0313 (Operational Business Item)
ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
ADOPTED by the G eneral Assembly
Past General Assemblies of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have spoken against domestic violence (8520 and 8116). The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was a participant in the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women (1988-1998, GA resolution 8936). Currently the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is participating in the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010).
In February 1992 a group of men from the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church gathered in Colorado for a consultation. The clearly stated focus was to have male church leaders confront the violence being perpetrated against women. The experiences and leanings of that weekend had a profound impact resulting in confession, repentance and renewal for the participants. Following that event a call has come for the Mennonite Church to adopt a statement on male violence against women.