An Invitation from Stephen Ministry

Twice-monthly continuing education is one of the facets of the Stephen Ministry program that ensures our lay ministers are trained to provide optimal care for their care receivers. Occasionally, our speakers present programs that have interest to the congregation at large. The first of such programs scheduled for 2018 will be held in Carpenter Chapel from 5:00-6:00pm on
Sunday, April 15.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. National attention has been focused on this cultural phenomenon, especially as it relates to women who are manipulated by powerful men. Our own Chaplain Carrie Walker Nettles, MDiv, Victim Service Specialist at The Julie Valentine Center, will bring this topic closer to home as she discusses Spiritual Care of Sexual Assault Victims and Their Loved Ones.

Data suggests that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual assault before the age of 18. 1 in 3 women experience sexual assault in their lifetime. A study from a national religious denomination suggests that 67% of their congregations are impacted by sexual assault. Carrie stresses that sexual assault survivors come from all walks of life and are impacted spiritually, as well as physically and emotionally. Not only are direct victims profoundly affected, their loved ones also are traumatized.

We invite you to come hear Carrie give an overview of the important work of the Julie Valentine Center, challenge our myths concerning sexual assault, address how to be with and support sexual assault victims and their loved ones, and identify resources for this vulnerable population. Following her presentation, she will offer a brief time for questions and dialogue. Please enter through the steeple doors and join us for this important program.

— Ann Quattlebaum and the Stephen Ministry