United Methodist Women

On Tuesday, March 5, United Methodist Women organized and moderated parallel event at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women exploring the critical but often hidden issue of domestic violence from a U.S. context and a Christian perspective. Participants dialogued with panelists on faith issues in domestic violence and best practices for faith groups.

When seeking church help, punished instead

Deaconess and nurse Sharon Hachtman, from Turning Point shelter in Pennsylvania and a panelist, shared the painful story of one woman’s experience seeking help from her pastor. After a period of being addicted to drugs and being sexually promiscuous, this woman was turning her life around and attended church as part of her recovery. As she spoke to her pastor about wanting to baptize her two children into the church, her abuse at the hands of her husband came up. Though she asked for forgiveness for her past transgressions…

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