The beads will be used in a service to honor people affected by domestic violence, to be held Sunday, October 26, 7:00 p.m., at the First Unitarian Church, 809 S. Fourth St., Louisville. They will act as a visible, tangible symbol of the varied and beautiful lives of those women, men, and children who have been and are being touched by domestic violence, and will become part of the community’s prayer for and end to violence. After the service, the beads will be taken to the Center for Women and Families, where they will be used in the Center’s children’s craft program.
A broken necklace or bracelet can, in this way, have a new life as part of the ongoing effort to end domestic violence. Bead donors can drop beads off in the blue bowl in the Women’s Center at LPTS during drop-in hours, T-F, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
LIFTED formed some months ago as a coalition to enlist faith communities in the ongoing effort to end domestic violence, by focusing attention on the sources of the problem, and by mobilizing the resources available to faith communities in this effort. Members of faith communities have leaders they respect and listen to; they have strong communal ties with one another; and they have shared values and beliefs that they try to act on. When the members of faith communities recognize the extent to which their beliefs, values, sacred texts, and communities decry domestic violence and the dynamics on which it thrives, these communities become a force for change in a culture that underwrites this violence. The group hopes the prayer service will be a significant beginning for its efforts in the Louisville community.
In addition, the group is developing an information packet for clergy and other leaders of faith communities, which it will begin distributing this month.