UU topic: ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Stand Up!’

By Bob Lecour
Special to The PREVIEW
Faith communities have immense impact — impact on each individual congregant, impact to create vast and widespread change, impact to create a unified, unyielding front on any topic of concern or in need of action.
Victims of domestic and sexual violence consistently report that their first source of support, and many times the first people they tell, are within their congregations. They seek solace and acceptance, understanding and compassion. But, for many, these confessions create such unease that our responses are everything but what those survivors seek. For survivors, that response can be crushing, silencing one forever from ever reaching out again.
October is the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a month to learn and create a safe space in your own world to welcome even small changes to ending the violence epidemic. Come learn some small tips for reaching out to someone in need, learn the few words and small actions that make big impressions on not only survivors, but abusive partners who seek change. Be the impact that can save souls and lives.
Carmen Hubbs, executive director of Rise Above Violence, has spent the majority of her 20-year career leading social justice efforts to end domestic and sexual violence in Pagosa Springs and beyond. She has done extensive work delivering professional training and coordinating responses between her agency and other first responders, including clergy. Reclaiming the dignity and rights of others is her passion.
This program supports our Unitarian Universalist principle of supporting the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Come join us for this program and refreshments after services, which are held Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn onto Park Avenue, then turn into Greenbriar Plaza, drive to the east side of the parking lot and look for the Unitarian Univeralist sign.
For further information, call 731- 7900.

This story was posted on October 5, 2017.