16 February 2022
Safeguarding Webinars (Trigger warning: this post contains content about abuse)
The Methodist Survivors’ Advisory Group and the Safeguarding Team at the Methodist Church will be holding the second of two webinars - The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone on Wednesday February 23rd. During the 90-minute session we will hear about the theology of safeguarding and how erroneous interpretations of scripture have been used to justify suffering or to force survivors to forgive.
The Safeguarding Team hope that it will enable participants to understand the impact abuse can have, in some cases, for years after it happened. Survivors will share their experiences, for which the Team is very grateful.
During The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone, participants will learn how aspects of traditional church life, including language, can be harmful to survivors and consider alternative modes of church which survivors have found helpful. It will conclude by looking at the Methodist Church’s positive work, both to make our churches safer spaces and to respond better to survivors of abuse within our congregations.
The webinar will be aimed at a broad Methodist audience from Safeguarding Officers and those in leadership roles within churches to anyone wishing to learn how to be more welcoming and inclusive towards survivors of abuse within our churches or workplaces.
The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone Wed 23 February, 11am – 12:30pm
If you are not able to join the live event, you can register to watch the recording by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed the first webinar, Hearing Reality: Voices Crying in the Wilderness you can watch it again here