Starting in January 2018, we began calling for 100 sermons against domestic and sexual violence. Sixty-five percent of pastors say they speak once a year or less about sexual and domestic violence, with 1 in 10 never addressing it at all. Every pastor should denounce this violence. We want to celebrate the churches who are speaking out against domestic and sexual violence from the pulpit. Once Sojourners collects 100 sermons, we will prominently spotlight the sermons on our website alongside resources for combatting domestic and sexual violence in faith spaces. We hope these 100 sermons will inspire hundreds of other churches to end the silence on domestic and sexual violence.

Email women@sojo.net to nominate a sermon for this campaign.

Sermon tracker: 60/100 sermons

 

Why Sermons?
Sojourners is inspired by the number of faith leaders speaking out about domestic and sexual violence on social media. We want to lift up everyone who has taken the step from pledging to preaching, so that our collective efforts continue to break the silence both online and in our sanctuaries.
 
Even though one in three women and one in six men will experience abuse in their lives, only half of all churches have a plan for assisting victims of abuse. It’s time for all churches to make a plan. But furthermore, someone experiencing violence will never feel safe enough to come forward if they never hear their pastor preach out against domestic and sexual violence.
 
Resources for Planning your Service:
From Sojourners — “Have You Ever Heard a Sermon on Domestic Violence?”
From We Will Speak Out — Sacred Spaces: a resource for faith communities to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence
 
Submit a sermon
We are going to spotlight sermons written by both men and women, Catholics and Protestants, mainline Christians and evangelicals. If selected, we will include a short excerpt of the sermon on our website, and then link back to the full sermon on the church website. If you write or hear a sermon on domestic and sexual violence, please email it to women@sojo.net and include as much of the information below as possible:

  1. Name of the sermon
  2. Name and email address of the pastor
  3. Name and website of the church
  4. Date the sermon was given
  5. A link to the sermon’s audio or video
  6. If available, a transcript of the sermon as a word document

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