Curriculum addresses domestic violence

National United Methodist Men offers an eight-week program designed to change the culture of domestic violence.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.––Local churches are invited to participate in an eight-week program designed to change a culture, which permits violence against women.

The General Commission on United Methodist Men worked with the YWCA of Middle Tennessee to create Amending through Faith, a book guiding participants through eight training sessions.

The 90-minute sessions are designed to help men understand how common statements and actions result in one in four women in the US becoming victims of domestic violence and 5 million children in the US, or one in fifteen witnessing abuse in their homes each year. Each session is biblically based.

The curriculum was tested in 15 congregations prior to making is available to all churches.

“This study helped me realize the way I was talking to my wife was hurting her and destroying our marriage,” said a participant.

Another member of an early test group said, “It was as if scales fell from my eyes and ears. I saw things and heard things that I had seen and heard before, but now realize how they degrade women.”

“While there are rare cases of violence against men,” said Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the men’s commission, “nearly all the cases of domestic violence stem from action by men. This is a men’s issue and we have to stand up and say, ‘This is not acceptable. This is just wrong.’”

The commission has prepared a 3-minute video to introduce congregations to Amending through Faith, and conference organizations of United Methodist Men will be able to receive orders for leader’s guides and participant books.

For additional information and to order the study, click here or call the Rev. Dr. Rick Vance (615/620-7277)

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