Interfaith Training and VigilEvents for Faith Communities during October 2021
The Interfaith Advisory Council’s domestic violence training seminar
for faith leaders and its annual vigil in memory of domestic violence victims.
The Interfaith Advisory Council, a group of Houston-area faith leaders and domestic violence agencies, seeks to build awareness about the predominance of family violence in all communities, comfort families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence, hold abusers accountable, and support survivors in beginning new lives.
Faith leaders are encouraged to join us for a free, virtual Interfaith Domestic Violence Training seminar for faith leaders from across Greater Houston on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon. As first responders to abuse survivors, faith leaders need the necessary tools to keep families safe in our community. Co-sponsored by AVDA, Daya, and the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, this seminar will help faith leaders recognize and respond to domestic abuse. Keynote Speaker Suzanne Holsomback, Texas Council on Family Violence’s leadership development manager, will discuss intimate partner violence intervention from a theological perspective. She will explore the sacred responsibility of faith communities to foster healthy families and examine marriage as a covenant that is broken by the abuser, not the victim. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The following week, the Interfaith Advisory Council will host An Evening of Remembrance, Caring and Hope, a virtual vigil to honor domestic violence victims, survivors, and their families, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 26, 2021. In recognition of Houston’s religious diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, faith leaders from most of Houston’s major religions (the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism) will take part in the vigil. They will read the names of those who lost their lives to domestic violence in 2021 with Rev Harry B-Happy Bartholomew providing Gong Blessings. The vigil may be accessed via AVDA’s Facebook page.
That evening Houston City Hall will be lit in purple, the color for domestic violence awareness symbolizing survival, courage, and peace.
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