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Shattering the Holy Hush: Domestic Violence and Christianity - Winnipeg

February 16 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

McNally Robinson, Travel Alcove, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg


Evangelicals place a high value on healthy marriages and families, and their churches invest much attention and energy into raising up exemplary families. Unacknowledged in the midst of this dialogue is the high number of victims of domestic violence (physical, sexual, psychological) inside Christian families. These victims (primarily women and children) are surrounded by a toxic Holy Hush which leaves them deeply vulnerable to further abuse. Churches and their leaders need to ask questions about why rates are so high in Christian families, and what can and must be done to reduce the violence and facilitate the desperately needed healing of both victims and abusers.   

Valerie Hiebert (PhD candidate, University of Western Sydney, Australia) specializes in the sociology of gender, marriage and family, children and violence, and consumer culture and simpler living. As a community educator, she advocates for greater cultural literacy within the church on numerous social issues.


The 2019 Providence Public Lectures will demonstrate the impressive range of expertise among Providence faculty, whose topics will include politics, morality, missiology, history, biology, hermeneutics, race and gender. Presenting in Winnipeg and Steinbach, Providence professors are excited to bring their scholarship into the public square. Attendees can expect to be intellectually stimulated, perhaps challenged, and to come away with a new appreciation for Christian higher education.

All lectures are free to attend - no registration required.

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