Join us Monday, November 5, 2018
for Urbana Theological Seminary’s 5th annual Spiritual Life Forum,
co-sponsored by Pastor-to-Pastor Initiatives
Churches and society are reeling in the wake of the #MeToo movement and revelations of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and all manner of sexual harassment. The #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements are giving people courage to face reality, as churches of all stripes are asking, “What does it mean to follow Jesus’ example?” and “How can the Church be the Church at this critical juncture?”
Pastor and award-winning author Ruth Everhart will lead the day-long seminar designed to help people in ministry think more deeply about being agents of healing, cultivating character and embracing accountability.
In her first of 3 talks – “From Victim to Survivor” – Ruth tells her story and addresses where we are as a Church as she reflects on some of the words we are hearing and reading with increasing regularity: Power, authority, misogyny, patriarchy, silence, anger, guilt, shame and forgiveness.
Ruth’s second talk – “Tamar’s Plea: Responding as People of Faith” – centers on how people of faith can become agents of healing.
The final talk – “The Church’s role: Response & Prevention” – focuses on how to empower change, helping to both heal and prevent further abuse.
The day includes a reader’s theater using Tamar’s story, a round table discussion among participants, Q&A, and time to connect with others over lunch (which is included in the registration price).
[Ruth Everhart is an author, speaker and Presbyterian pastor in Washington D.C. Currently she is at work on her 3rd book on the reaction of Christian Churches to the #MeToo movement, forthcoming from InterVarsity Press in 2019. In July 2018 Christian Century Magazine published Ruth’s piece entitled: The Bible’s #MeToo stories. Additionally, Ruth is the author of Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land (Eerdmans 2012) and Ruined (TYNDALE, 2016), her award-winning book on experiencing her own sexual assault, the reaction of the Christian subculture and her faith journey through the decade that followed. Ruined was awarded by Christianity Today as a book “most likely to shape evangelical thought, life and culture.” Ruth is mother to two young-adult daughters and lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband Doug.]