HOLDING THE LIGHT
Sunday 27 November 2022 - 2.30pm
An Ecumenical Service remembering Victims and Survivors of Family
**The service will be both in-person and and livestreamed.**
Now in its seventh year, the service is invitational and held in a spirit of welcome. While it is held within the Christian tradition, it is open to anyone who might wish to join together and take part in a ritual and is a time for anyone to engage in a period of quiet, lament, and prayer/reflection on the tragic results of violence and in hope for a better future for our communities.
- Those killed as a result of domestic violence by naming those who are victims in the service, and by tolling the church bell
- Stand in solidarity with victim/survivors by recognizing their pain, and listening to their voices
- Take time to reflect and commit ourselves to addressing the drivers of violence in our own attitudes, communities and contexts
- Take hope in the Christian message that all may be healed and redeemed, while acknowledging the ongoing trauma, suffering and danger experienced by so many in our communities due to the ongoing use of violence and abuse.
This year there will be a focus on how family violence impacts on males - as survivors, not just as perpetrators. We will hear from 14 year old Liam* and his mother Michelle*, talking about how family violence has impacted their lives. Matt Tyler, Jesuit Social Services will also share about some of their work with men and adolescents.
*Use of pseudonyms to protect privacy.
Venue: St Peter's Eastern Hill. Live streamed.
Address: 15 Gisborne Street, Melbourne
Enquiries: Kate Stilwell