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.
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 71st General Convention condemn violence against women in all its forms, and resolves that each deputy and bishop will work toward making the Episcopal Church a truly safe place for all God’s people, by encouraging every parish to develop appropriate ministries to this end; and be it further
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).
The Annual Conference of the Church of the brethren, assembled in Wichita, Kansas, this 2nd day of July, 1994, declares or concern about the increasing level of violence in our communities and countries. This violence assaults us in a wide variety of ways. It is felt in the proliferation of handguns, assaults against men, women and children, drive-by shootings, serial and multiple murders, gang warfare, and the increasing use of violence in the entertainment media, particularly television. This increased violence invades our families, our private lives, and our communities.
Intervention by the Holy See at the Special Session of the General Assembly Entitled “Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace in the 21st Century”
Address of H.E. Mons. Celestino Migliore
The Delegation of the Holy See continues to devote attention to the follow-up process of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, as well as to the subsequent Outcome Documents. Despite some positive advancement in the condition of women in today’s world, vulnerability remains a constant in women’s lives.