19th January 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Two informative and thought-provoking webinars are being planned by the Methodist Survivors’ Advisory Group members, aimed at a broad audience from Safeguarding Officers and those in leadership roles to anyone wishing to learn how to be more welcoming and inclusive towards survivors of abuse within our church.
Wed 19 January 2022, 11am – 12:30pm Webinar 1 - Hearing Reality: Voices Crying in The Wilderness
In Webinar 1 – Hearing Reality: Voices Crying in the Wilderness, we will hear something of the history and prevalence of childhood abuse in this country. We will learn of the impact of abuse upon survivors, both how it affects them throughout their childhood but also the long-term effects of abuse throughout the life course of the survivor. We will also hear firsthand from survivors of abuse, sharing their stories and how they found hope. We will hear the history of the Methodist Church’s response to survivors of abuse and our ongoing work to improve and learn from the voices of people who have experienced abuse.
Wed 23 February 2022, 11am – 12:30pm Webinar 2 - The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone
In Webinar 2 - The Church’s Response to Survivors: From Stumbling Block to Stepping Stone, we will be introduced to a consideration of the theology of safeguarding and how erroneous interpretations of scripture have been used to justify suffering or to force survivors to forgive. We will learn how childhood abuse affects future faith and the survivor’s understanding of God and church. We will look at aspects of traditional church, including language, which can be harmful to survivors. We will hear from survivors about their experiences, including alternative modes of church which they have found helpful. We will look at the Methodist Church’s work, both to make our churches safer spaces and to respond better to survivors of abuse within our congregations.