Behind Closed Doors Domestic Violence in Churches

Out of the Darkness with Ruth Hovsepian

Apr 1 2024 • 42 mins

In this episode, Ruth sits down with Jenna Smith from Christian Direction to shine a light on the prevalence of domestic violence within biblical narratives and its echoes in modern faith communities. Discover how the stories of Hagar, Princess Tamar, Samson and Delilah, and others from the scriptures reflect the psychological and emotional abuse that many still face today. Unearth the staggering findings of the Rafa study, which indicates that a significant portion of Quebec's churchgoers have experienced domestic violence. Listen as Jenna passionately advocates for a church that is a sanctuary of healing, actively working to combat abuse. We delve into the importance of context in interpreting scripture and celebrate the liberating power of theological education for survivors. This episode is a call to transform our understanding of the divine Word and an inspiration for those seeking to reclaim their faith in the face of adversity.

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