Back2School Challenge

SojoAction: Back2School Challenge

Faith leaders often serve as “first responders” to domestic abuse and sexual assault. Unfortunately, pastors and lay leaders report feeling ill-equipped to respond to these incidences in their congregations and communities. With your help, we can call on theological schools across the country to equip faith leaders to respond effectively to sexual and domestic violence.

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  • As Job said of God, “If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him…If only I could vanish in darkness and thick darkness would cover my face!” (Job 23:8-9, 17)

    Victims of domestic violence – both women and men as well as children – often feel isolated, abandoned by family and friends who are uncomfortable or afraid of the topic, trapped by religious traditions that stress male dominance and the indissolubility of marriage and feel forgotten by God. Job knew that feeling.

    by Phil Haslanger
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    When the abuse escalates, Hagar escapes into the wilderness and heads back to her home in Egypt. Even though she is pregnant and vulnerable to any number of dangers, Hagar risks everything in search of freedom. While on her journey home, an angel of the Lord appears to her and asks where she is going. When she explains her situation, the angel tells her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her” (Genesis 16:9).These words baffle me. Return? Isn't this the part when God is supposed to bring deliverance? What sense can be made of this?  

    How do we cope with a story in our sacred text in which God instructs a woman to go back to a situation of abuse? 

    by Katey Zeh
  • “What do I do, Dr. Samples? I love him. I want to forgive him."

    by Tara Samples