"The Battered Bride Project...where the gifts of Forrest king and Leah Zegan meet the needs of our community" a special commentary by Rev. Rodger McDaniel.
The Battered Bride Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batteredbrideproject features art by Forrest King to help getting people to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence in a forum where participants can look at this problem from within their various faiths as well as by sharing
This project is in cooperation with Safe House and has been embraced by member organizations of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.
The following schedule of presentations as made known to the webmaster of this site. Please check with the institution to confirm times and dates as they may have changed without notification of this site's webmaster . Thank you.
October 16, 2011 Sunday at Highlands United Presbyterian Church
November 20, 2011 Sunday at 10:30 AM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne
January 14-15, 2012 at Cheyenne Hills Church
January 14-15, 2012 at United Methodist Church
January 29, 2012 at First United Methodist Church
Here's an example of how this project is doing more than theoretical good in our community:
"When I made the decision to take my kids to church last Sunday, it was to begin the process of reaching out and stepping away from the violence that had come into my life over the last year and a half. My husband decided to come with. We had no idea what the service would be.
When I walked in and saw the poster for the Battered Bride, I was scared and empowered all at the same time. It was all he or I could do to sit through that service. At the end I had to run to the bathroom to hide the tears.
On the way home, when we stopped to get something, my 16 year old daughter said, "Mom, are your next flowers going to be your last? I don't have a dad (he has abandoned his children) and if you don't make this change I won't have a mom either." She heard the message that was presented and she held me to the fire.
I went home and told my kids that if they heard a raised voice or disturbing noises coming from my room to call the police. I confronted my husband. I told him to seek help by the end of the week or find a couch to sleep on, because he would no longer stay here. You see three nights ago, he choked me so hard that he almost crushed my trachea. I really thought that it was my last moment in life.
I am a strong, independent, and powerful woman. It just goes to show there is no "type" to be abused. Some of his is PTSD from military service and some is plain anger and depression. I never saw early signs of this. He swears he will get help this week and I told him under no circumstances will there ever again be violence in my home. This conversation needed to happen a year ago.
So thank you! Your work had a profound impact on this family. My 14 year old boy and 16 year old girl and her boyfriend talked about the issue all the way home."
It is a sad reality that Domestic Violence is not isolated to any specific faith or faiths. It is a problem found within all faith communities despite their respective teachings against its occurance. This makes it an "Interfaith Problem" for which there needs to be "Interfaith Solutions." Together we can work to end this blight which is an affront to all we together hold as sacred. Get involved. Start by contacting Forrest King to arrange for a presentation at your place of worship and sacred learning.
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