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Safe Church Ministry  |  October 2020
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Connections in the Wilderness of a Pandemic

As a continent, we have now crossed the six month mark of dealing with a global pandemic. It has been a long, challenging six months as we wait, watch and hope. Safe Church did not host our biennial conference in 2020. Yet we’ve found new ways to connect virtually through our  Webinar Series: Connect, Collaborate and Coordinate to End Abuse. May we sense God’s gracious provision during this wilderness time. The CRCNA offers these resources for churches during the pandemic.

Psalm 18:28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

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Virtual Safe Church Training, Oct. 31

A long-planned and twice cancelled Safe Church training event is going to happen virtually, via Zoom, hosted by the safe church team in Classis Iakota and Heartland. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and to connect with others.

Domestic Abuse Awareness

For our colleagues and friends in the United States, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. (Canada observes it in November). We can’t talk about Safe Church, without also talking about safe families. We are the family of God, the Body of Christ, where each part is valued and protected. Safe Church offers resources for understanding Domestic abuse. Consider how you might want to increase awareness of this far-too-common problem in your church.

October 2020 Safe Church Webinar with Diane Langberg

Just in time to celebrate the release of her new book, Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church, we are so excited to have Dr. Diane Langberg join us for our October Safe Church Webinar! Langberg is a Christian psychologist, clinical faculty member of Biblical Theological Seminary, and sought-after international speaker. Please join us on Wednesday, October 28th at 12pm Eastern for what will be a very insightful conversation with Diane Langberg.

September 2020 Safe Church Webinar With Jay Stringer

On September 30th Jay Stringer joined us for a conversation on unwanted sexualwanted sexual behavior within the church. Jay is a CRC minister and licensed mental health therapist who has done years of research and uncovered deep-rooted issues that lead to sexual brokenness.This is a link to the recorded webinar. We hope you find the recorded webinar as helpful as we did!

An Overview of Restorative Practices

The terms restorative practices or restorative justice are frequently mentioned in connection to Safe Church. This overview shares some history of our denomination adapting restorative practices as a tool for growth and reconciliation. It also offers clarification on what restorative practice is and what it is not. Safe Church is excited to be leading a new collaborative initiative to increase the use of restorative practices at all levels of the CRC.

Power Over/Power With (osj)

Did you know that Safe Church is a part of the Justice and Reconciliation Team? The group of justice ministries share a common vision of speaking out against injustice in our community. This month we invite you to read a series of articles posted on the Do Justice blog - a collaborative space hosted by the Office of Social Justice and the Centre for Public Dialogue. As we continue to explore abuse of power as a theme, these posts give perspective to this conversation.

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