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#ChurchToo Conference: Addressing Gender-Based Abuse in Faith Communities

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Denton Public Safety Training Center

719 East Hickory Street

Denton, TX 76205

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Inspired by the movement started by Emily Joy and Hannah Paasch, the 2nd Annual #ChurchToo Conference, organized by Denton County Friends of the Family and the Denton Wesley Foundation, in partnership with Open Worship at First United Methodist Church in Denton, seeks to bring awareness to the implicit and explicit ways that our communities of faith shelter, ignore, or even encourage abuses of power, sexual assault, and gender-based violence.

This year's theme will be "Creating Survivor-Centered Communities." We will hear a variety of perspectives on how to prepare our communities to be survivor-centered, on intersectionality, power, and abuse, on the psychology of trauma, and on problematic patriarchal theologies and alternative theologies that we can preach, teach, and believe that give life to survivors. Friday evening will feature a keynote speaker and a dinner from 6-9pm, and Saturday's session will begin at 9:30am and will include a keynote speaker, workshops, a panel discussion, self-care breaks and hands-on activities, vendor tables, and a closing worship, concluding the event by 6pm. Among the confirmed presenters are Hillarye Hightower of Denton County Friends of the Family, Dr. Sarah Feuerbacher of Counseling CARE Prosper, Rev. Anna Marie Peterson of Advocacy for Victims of Abuse, and Shanterra McBride, founder of Marvelous University.

We gather with the hope and the passion to recognize these abuses and address them, to prevent them, and to stand with survivors as we seek to be a safe and brave space of healing, protection, and re-creation for those who have been victimized. We invite you to join this movement to call our churches to be the survivor-centered spaces of grace and healing they are called to be and to embody a cohort of Christians who are taking a stand against religious expressions and institutions that victimize the vulnerable and protect the powerful.

Tickets are $15 (plus service fees) for general admission; student tickets are $10 (plus service fees.) Space is limited. Additionally, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please email director@thedentonwesley.org for more information.

Special thanks to the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and Pecan Street Mission at Decatur United Methodist Church for their sponsorship of this event!



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