Project SAFE, a collaboration of Wisconsin faith leaders and domestic violence service providers, is hosting “Not In Our Pews: Teaming Up to End Domestic Violence,” a two-day conference for faith leaders in Wisconsin.
The event is October 27 -28 at Olympia Conference Center and Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Advance registration is $60. Online registration via the website: www.notinourpews.com. The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee endorses the conference.
Domestic Violence is a growing epidemic around Wisconsin, states Rev. Janice Brazil Cummings, founder of Wings of Faith Ministries, a ministry that has trained faith leaders for ten years on domestic violence.
“It is important that congregations are trained and willing to address this issue that occurs in families who regularly attend church services and seek assistance from their church leaders.”
The goal of this annual training session is to provide faith leaders with strategies and resources to effectively and safely meet the needs of victims and families affected by domestic violence; and to build partnerships between churches, service providers and law enforcement.
The event’s featured speaker is the Rev. Al Miles of Hawaii, who is the Coordinator of the Hospital Ministry Department and chair of the ethics committee at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In October 2002, Reverend Miles was appointed by then Attorney General John Ashcroft to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. An ordained minister, the Rev. Miles speaks frequently to nationwide audiences on topics such as domestic violence, teen dating violence awareness, ethical dilemmas, and maintaining healthy boundaries as we care for others.
He is also the author of many publications, including the books “Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know,” and “Violence in Families: What Every Christian Needs to Know.”