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2020/5/8
RCA: Domestic Violence and COVID-19

For victims of domestic violence, staying home doesn't necessarily mean staying safe. Mental health experts already see signs that domestic violence is spiking worldwide because of the pandemic.

On Monday, please consider joining this virtual gathering to discuss what we know about domestic violence and COVID-19 and how mental health professionals advise that we as the church respond. #wearespeaking

Monday, May 11, 2020

1:00 - 2:30pm Eastern time: Focus on Domestic Violence: Rev. Liz Testa will be joined by a panel of experts to raise awareness and offer resources for addressing the elevated risk that this pandemic has brought. Bring your questions and concerns for a time of Q&A. Part of the We are Speaking initiative: https://www.rca.org/women/we-are-speaking

7:00 - 8:30pm Eastern time: Join certified Spiritual Director Lesley Mazzotta for a time of story sharing, processing lament and grief, and moving towards hope and healing. This small group is limited to 12 people.

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 1pm will be a focus on "what next" as churches and communities start to think about reopening.

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25 | NIV

Confirmed panelists: Dr. Pamela Pater-Ennis, M.Div, LCSW, Ph.D., executive director, Hudson River Care & Counseling, LLC (http://www.hudsonrivercareandcounseling.com/), Hoboken, NJ, and Elder Irma Williams, MSW, director Of social services, Barrier-Free Living (https://www.bflnyc.org/), Donna Dearden, chief operating officer of Jenesse (jenesse.org), Los Angeles CA, and Pastor Larry Dove, Park Hills Community Church, Los Angeles, CA

Building God's Church Together Virtual Gatherings Registration Form

Select the virtual gathering(s) you would like to participate in. Limit is 12 per session, so please only sign up for those you know you can join. All are welcome to any and all - we are in this together and know God is with us, even in the midst. *

Source:Reformed Church in America (RCA)


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