‘Submit to your husbands’: [Australian] women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God

ABC, 18/7/2017

When we speak of domestic violence, and the cultural factors that foment it, one crucial element missing from the discussion has been religion.

While it is generally agreed that inequality between the sexes can foster and cultivate environments where men seek to control or abuse women, in Australia there has been very little public debate about how this might impact people in male-led congregations and religious communities, especially those where women are told to be silent and submit to male authority.

In other countries, like the United States and United Kingdom, there has been extensive analysis. So why is Australia so behind on this issue?

 

FORUM: Gender & Sexual Diversity, Christianity & Mental Health

MIFSA, October 2016

What is the experience of someone who identifies as LGBTIQ / gender or sexually diverse (GSD) within a faith system that is still largely non accepting of same-sex relationships and gender diversity?

How do those who are GSD and part of the Christian tradition respond to the message that they are loved by God but that their diversity is not as God intended?

Is the mental health of GSD individuals helped or hindered within Christian community?

You are invited to come along and hear from people who will tell their story about being (or having been) Christian and Gender or Sexually Diverse. These are personal stories shared from lived experience and we ask you to be mindful and respectful of different experiences.

23rd November, Wed. 1.30pm – 3pm

Conference Room, 5 Cooke Terrace, Wayville

Presenters:

  • Sue Wickham (Minister – Church of the Trinity, Clarence Park)
  • Karen Barnes (Community Worker MIFSA)
  • Kat Evans (Community Worker MIFSA)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: reception@mifsa.org  or Ph:8378 4100

Download flyer here nov-forum_16-gendersexual-diversity_christianitymental-health

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