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14-yr. old striker, Fola La Follette, and Rose Livingston. Glass negative from the George Grantham Bain Collection, 1913. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. Photograph shows suffrage and labor activist Flora Dodge "Fola" La Follette (1882-1970), social reformer and missionary Rose Livingston, and a young striker during a garment strike in New York City in 1913. 

In March we celebrate Women’s History Month both in the US and in Canada. International Women’s Day is on Monday, March 8th. This is an important time to recognize the courage and strength of women who have gone before us as well as encourage the ongoing recognition of our place in society, our achievements and our capacity to achieve great things for our world.

I would encourage you to spend some time learning about historical figures within this movement: may they encourage you and may they strengthen your resolve to carry on their great work.

For our American friends: The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have collaborated to offer this resource: Women’s History Month.

For our Canadian friends: the theme this year is #BecauseOfYou and the Canadian government has developed an interactive map that charts Women of Impact in Canada.

Patriarchy is not God’s dream for humanity: it never was and it never will be.
Sarah Bessey

—Becky Jones, Editor

Current Issues

In the Wake of Ravi Zacharias: When Spiritual Leaders Do Harm

How do we respond when spiritual leaders do harm?  What do we say when revelations of sexual misconduct surface about a favorite Christian preacher, teacher, or writer?  How can we speak and respond in ways that promote healing for survivors of abuse rather than greater harm?  This short article explores what to say and what not to say when spiritual leaders do harm.

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Staff Update

Welcome New Staff Member: Chelsea

In addition to welcoming a new director to Safe Church, we are also happy to welcome Chelsea Schiavi to our team. Chelsea works full time assisting Disability Concerns, Race Relations, Social Justice, and Safe Church. We are so thankful to watch our team grow this season.

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Events and Training

Sign up Today! Safe Spaces with Jay Stringer

Safe Church BC would like to invite our Safe Church community to join them for a conversation on safe spaces with Jay Stringer. Jay Stringer will be discussing how sexual shame can be a roadmap to healing. Wednesday March 10th, 2021. 4:00 – 5:30pm Eastern, 1- 2:30 pm (Pacific) 

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Events and Training

Circle of Grace: The WHAT and the WHY

Circle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum used and promoted in the CRCNA that teaches the value of positive relationships with God and others. Recently, a large number of individuals from churches across British Columbia gathered online to receive training for COG lead by Safe Church BC coordinator Faye Martin and Faith Formations Regional Catalyzer Liz Tolkamp. 

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Safe Church Huron Annual Event: The Unmute Production

This year, in light of the pandemic, the annual Safe Church conference that Classis Huron has been hosting for over 20 years shifted to an online platform. For this event, Safe Church Huron partnered with Theatre of the Beat (TOTB), a Canadian touring theatre company working to catalyze conversations on social justice, to offer the production Unmute: The impact of the Pandemic on Gender-based violence.

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Have your Say!

The Tamar Campaign Survey

This past year we worked with other ministries connected to the CRCNA to roll out the Tamar Campaign. This campaign was developed to span 16 days as #16daysofactivism is a global campaign against gender violence. We are asking for you to have a voice in this conversation to let us know what you thought about this campaign. Please complete the survey below.

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What Can We Offer You This Year?

Last year Safe Church offered a series of webinars for our community. We appreciate how so many of you participated eagerly in this series. This learning series also lives on our YouTube channel as a tool for training. As we enter a new year and plan for more webinars, we are excited to hear what you would like to see us offer. Have your say by completing this short survey below.

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