Resources: News & Events

Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest hosts forum on violence against women

From the NFL to college campuses, violence against women has been in the headlines. Grace Lutheran Church’s Faith Perspectives program on Sunday, Nov. 9, will examine this issue from many angles. The forum, titled “Violence Against Women and Girls: Breaking the Silence,” begins at 2:00 p.m. in the congregation’s Fellowship Hall, 7300 Division in River Forest.

Victims of domestic abuse and rape have been in the shadows too long. When we bring the topic into the light and talk about it, we can begin to change the culture around violence. In the words of the Rev. Joy A. Schroeder, one of the speakers on the program, “For centuries women have been part of the discussion of theodicy, but their voices have not always been heard.”

Schroeder is on the faculty at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of “Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation.” Her presentation will provide a framework for the other speakers, representatives of organizations that work with women and girls affected by sex trafficking, rape and domestic abuse.

Maria Woltjen, Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago, will focus on the issue of immigrant children brought to this country and exploited by sex traffickers. Representatives from Rape Victim Advocates will talk about their work with rape victims as well as with education and prevention. Colleen Sutkus of Sarah’s Inn, a local agency that works with victims of domestic abuse, will focus on this issue. Grace Lutheran Church’s Parish Nurse, Kim Ramos, will be the moderator.

The program is free and open to everyone. It’s an important discussion—and not for women only. All of us have a part to play in breaking the silence around these difficult issues.

Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, Illinois, sponsors Faith Perspectives forums to provide an opportunity for people of faith to come together, listen, learn and explore thoughts and feelings about social and moral issues.