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Abuse Awareness

As a denomination, we have designated every fourth Sunday in September: Abuse Awareness Sunday. We invite every congregation to plan their worship service, litany, and sermon/message around the theme of abuse awareness.

Worship Resources for Abuse Awareness Sunday 2021

This Network article shares a variety of resources for Abuse Awareness Sunday 2021 "Safe Church Ministry: Not Just a Policy, a Way of Being the Church." It includes a sermon starter, prayers and song suggestions along with ideas for moving beyond policy to become a safer church.

Safe Church Bulletin Insert for 2021

The 2021 theme for Abuse Awareness Sunday is "Safe Church Ministry: Not just a Policy, a Way of Being the Church". Most of us think of windows in doors and abuse prevention policies when we think about Safe Church. While these are certainly helpful, we would like to invite churches to imagine a more holistic approach to nurturing a safe and healthy church community where abuse itself becomes unthinkable and where survivors feel supported and safe. This bulletin insert provides some ideas for reflection and consideration to move beyond policies to a way of being church.

Order the bulletin insert for your congregation here, free of cost (we also have a variety of other topics available below as well. Lastly, here is a blog that shares a bit more about the 2021 theme, not just a policy: Considering Trees, Mycorrhiza and Safe Church Ministry: A Holistic Culture of Thriving Connections.