22 Jul 2017
St Hilary’s Anglican Church in Kew, Melbourne, has posted an excellent pastoral statement on domestic violence on its Facebook page, the sentiments of which Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier thoroughly endorses. Dr Freier appeared on ABC TV’s The Drum program yesterday to discuss domestic violence among Christians. The program can be seen here.
The St Hilary’s message will be read at each of the Sunday services this weekend. Here is the pastoral statement:
You might have seen a feature article on the ABC website or a report on the 7.30 Report about the high incidence of domestic violence in evangelical churches. This is a very disturbing story, and if this has reinforced concerns for you can I urge you to speak to one of the ministers or the prayer team at the end of the service.
Our church does not promote or endorse patriarchal views which could lend themselves to abuse of any kind. We strongly support women in leadership in our church and the wider community. We encourage healthy marriages and families based on mutual love and respect. Our Church is committed to being a safe place for all people, especially children and vulnerable adults.
If you know anyone who is experiencing abuse within the home, please seek their permission to raise it confidentially with a leader here, either one of the staff or a member of the church board, or if they are not part of the St Hilary’s Network, ask them who you could speak to on their behalf. Please be aware that if we become aware of abuse we are legally bound to report such abuse. No one should feel unsafe in their own home.
This message will be read at each of our services this Sunday.