Initiative: Speak Up! Stop Sexual Violence
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18
As part of World Mission’s call to address violence around the world, we invite individuals and congregations to consider engaging more deeply in God’s work of reconciliation in cultures of violence, including our own. Reconciliation is the heart of the Gospel message. We follow Jesus, the great reconciler, when we build ministries of reconciliation in our broken world.
Reconciliation is an active process of restoring broken relationship, healing relationship, and ultimately joining God in co-creating a just and peace-full world. Reconciliation is the intention of heart and hands, mind and spirit. It can be personal, political, or social.
Presbyterian World Mission is working with our own mission coworkers, congregations, our staff, and mission partners to end violence against women and children, an area of focus for us in the near future. We believe this to be one of the largest, most universal problems today, and that we can be effective in working against violence and towards reconciliation.
What can you do?
We are providing this handy list of 10 things you or your congregation can do to partner with World Mission on reconciliation. You may feel free to print this out and share it with your friends or your church.
You can also contact Shannon Beck and get involved! Shannon will have ideas for what you can do to help spread the love of God and how you can help promote this initiative with us around the world.
Contact: Shannon Beck, Reconciliation Catalyst, or call her at 502-569-5041. She is available to speak to presbyteries, congregations, and groups of Presbyterians who are interested in learning more about how they can work towards this goal.
The Reconciliation blog is live! Subscribe to the Reconciliation Stop Sexual Violence - Speak Up! blog to learn more about the campaign.
Join the Speak Up! Stop Sexual Violence Facebook group and get involved in the discussion.
About Shannon Beck
Shannon Beck holds a BA in Christian Education from Seattle Pacific University and an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. She is an educator, performing songwriter, poet, blogger, and peace seeker. Her last position was the Directory of Young People’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Seattle. She has worked on peace and justice concerns in various capacities including chairing the Seattle Presbytery Peacemaking Committee for seven years, serving on the Synod of Alaska-Northwest Peacemaking Committee, assisting in founding the Israel/Palestine Mission Network, organizing for the Washington State affiliate of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and co-writing the 2012 Season of Peace of the PC(USA). Shannon is energized around broad collaborations that work for common goals in pursuit of a peaceful, just, and generous world.