Duke Divinity School will host a conference, "Sanctuary for the Sexually Abused: An Introduction to Pastoral Care." Topics will include the reality and prevalance of sexual abuse, the effect of sexual abuse on the body and mind, theological engagement with sexual abuse, and practical pastoral care and advocacy for sexual abuse survivors.
The conference will feature presentations by Warren Kinghorn, assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at the school; the Rev. Elaine Heath, professor of evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, and author of "We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse; Morven Baker, clinical counselor with expertise in the support and treatment of survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and founder of Ashland Women's Counseling Center; and Andrew Schmutzer, professor of biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute and editor/author of "The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to Survivors of Sexual Abuse."
This conference is sponsored by the Divinity School Office of the Academic Dean, Office of Student Life, Divinity School Council, Graduate and Professional Student Council of Duke University, Union Grove United Methodist Church, the Divinity Women's Center, the Sacred Worth student group, the Asian Theology Club, and New Creation Arts student group.
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is required.