Duke Divinity School Dean Elaine A. Heath, two faculty members, and a staff member will be presenters at the "Dear God, Make Me a Bird: A Faith Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse" forum sponsored by White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C.
The goal of the three-part forum is starting conversations among Christians regarding domestic violence and abuse of children and adults. Pastors, professors, and other professionals will explore how to address domestic violence and abuse of any type, including physical, emotional, and sexual.
On March 8, the first part of the forum titled “An Informed Church” will be led by Dina Helderman, director of the Events Management Department at the Divinity School who previously worked at the Durham Crisis Response Center. Anathea Portier-Young, associate professor of Old Testament, and Brittany Wilson, assistant professor of New Testament, will present the second part on March 15 on "The Word of God." Dean Heath, author of We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse, will present the third and final part on March 20 on "A Faith Response." Each part will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church.
Denise Noble, a member of White Memorial who is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Divinity School as a second career after receiving a law degree, planned the forum.
The free event is open to the community. Register by March 8.
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