Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Family Life Ministry highlights October observances.

The Church of the Brethren Family Life Ministry webpage is offering resources for two observances held in October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a month-long national observance mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. Among the resources on the webpage are links to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and the FaithTrust Institute. Visitors may download information about how individuals, pastors, and congregations can respond to domestic violence.

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths on the third weekend of October is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund. The observance is a way for faith communities to celebrate God’s gift of children and to live out their responsibility to care, protect, and advocate for all children. Congregations are encouraged to join in shared concern for children and a common commitment to improving childrens’ lives and working for justice on their behalf. Worship resources and prayers in the annual "National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Manual: A Multi-faith Resource for Year Round Child Advocacy" can be used the third weekend of October or throughout the year.

Source:10/5/2011 Newsline

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