Frequently Asked Questions:

 
Who Are We?

We are ordinary people coming together to help the hurting. Michigan has a problem with abuse; we rank among the worst in the nation. Over three hundred Faith Communities in Western Michigan are forming a united front to help those who suffer in silence. We are doing this by linking arms with nonprofit service providers, the corporate community, the medical professionals, academia, and law enforcement.

What is our Doctrine?

Our Unifying Doctrine is that of Imago Dei. We all are made in the Image of God. Therefore, we must treat one another with humanity, kindness and respect.

What is our Philosophy About Leading Change?

‘Peacemaking doesn’t mean passivity. It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice. It is about a revolution of love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free” Common Prayer: Claiborne, Wilson-Hartgrove, Okoro

How Can I Help?

Uniting against abuse will be successful only when people from all communities in Western Michigan come together to take active steps to end the suffering. Please volunteer to raise awareness about the conference and the ongoing effort to make a profound difference in the lives of those who suffer in our community. The more people we bring together to address this issue, the greater the impact for positive change.

Who Should Attend?

Everyone who cares about those who suffer abuse should attend. This is a general admission event.

Who is this event for?

This event is hosted by the faith community and has two objectives. We are seeking to support those who suffer from abuse. In addition, we are supporting the coming together of our faith communities in their effort to provide a foundation of support for the hurting. We are strengthening ourselves so that we can better minister to others.

Where can I find more information?

Check out the website: imagodei.love or unitingagainstabuse.love Both links lead to the same webpage.

Is this event the work of a particular church or faith community?

This is hosted by the Western Michigan Faith Community and is a Multifaith Event. It is not right to deny resources to any group of people who seek help for the hurting.

Is this a religious event of any sort?

While it is an event to support our faith communities, it will not be used as a venue for proselytizing or advocating the supremacy of one group over another.

What is the role of faith communities in confronting abuse?

The faith communities offer a foundation of support and are uniquely positioned to direct those who are suffering to seek the help they need in order to deal with the abuse properly.

Why should faith communities work with agencies? How can we work together?

Yes, all faith communities should work with nonprofit or volunteer efforts that seek to help the hurting in our community. How they will work together will be agreed upon by the agency and faith community as each has unique needs and concerns. If expectations are clearly discussed, there will be a greater understanding as to what each will offer the other. This will serve to continue to connect our community. By doing this, there will be more lives touched and fewer will anguish in isolation.

What does it mean for a faith community to adopt an agency?

A faith community will have an opportunity to adopt a different agency every year. The United Way supports this innovative adoption process and offers to provide among other benefits, fund matching.

How can I get help today? (I have an abusive spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend - how can I get help for me? How can I get help for them?)

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (1.800.799.7233)

How can I get involved?

Go to our website and click on the upper tab entitled ‘Get Involved’. That will direct you to the volunteer opportunities.

Will this event be safe?

Yes. The likelihood of any time of danger is slim. It is typical protocol at a large event to have security, and it will be provided here as well.

I am a student who needs to do community service. Is there a way for me to get involved with this that will satisfy the community service requirement?

Yes, most Western Michigan Colleges and Universities are offering community service credit for volunteering.