whilst Jesus spoke at his neighborhood synagogue he boldly proclaimed that he used to be the single despatched to loose those that have been oppressed. He got here to supply wish, peace, and security to these ache on the earth. whilst he left this earth, his fans have been left with the duty of constant this ministry.
Statistics recommend that during the US one in 4 girls has skilled actual violence in an intimate courting. relationship violence, intimate-partner violence, and baby abuse rank as a few of our nation's biggest difficulties. males also are being abused through intimate companions, mom and dad, or care companies at expanding charges. The statistic is much more alarming all over the world. regrettably, those facts signify purely stated incidents. The premiums of verbal, emotional, and non secular abuse are even better. furthermore, numerous girls are inspired by means of clergy to come back to their abusive spouses. the religion neighborhood, whereas known as via God to unfastened the oppressed, has been gradual to answer this sin opposed to humanity. Few seminaries supply caliber domestic-violence-prevention education for clergy. besides the fact that, clergy nonetheless remain searched for support from the group and as advocates for sufferers of family violence. A partnership among the church and neighborhood (locally and overseas) is important if we want to remodel people stuck during this type of oppression.
In Setting the Captives Free
Ron Clark proposed a theology of addressing family violence and its software for clergy. Freeing the Oppressed
is a ebook that seeks to condense Clark's past paintings right into a readable shape for these looking non secular solutions bearing on abuse and batterer intervention, and for helpers of these stuck within the cycle of family members violence. it's also designed as an outreach for these looking aid from the religion community.
“Thank you Dr. Clark for writing this sort of completely readable paintings. Your ebook sounds the clarion name that many people operating within the box of family violence have was hoping and prayed the church may pay attention. It basically states the matter and the necessity dealing with our kingdom, our groups, and our church buildings. extra importantly, it presents a message of desire and a manner for the church to the touch and be touched via their groups . . . this can be a infrequent gem of a Christian paintings that i will consider cozy giving to clergy, sufferers, perpetrators, or somebody desirous to know the way to deal with relatives violence.”
—Patricia Warford, PsyD
“Ron Clark has supplied a transparent, concise, spiritually-informed, well-researched argument calling Christians to talk out opposed to family abuse and to reply compassionately to girls, males, and kids impacted by means of its devastating outcomes. each pastor and each seminary scholar may still learn Freeing the Oppressed. Clark interweaves his pastoral event with biblical insights and information of the starting to be literature in household violence. the end result: a prophetic name to social action.”
Professor of Sociology
University of latest Brunswick
"Freeing the Oppressed is an excellent source for any reader who needs to benefit extra approximately family abuse and Christian groups. starting with a bankruptcy outlining the dynamics of family abuse, Ron Clark presents a chapter-by-chapter trip towards wish and therapeutic for victim/survivors and perpetrators alike and towards larger knowing if you search to help them. Interspersing his own reports as pastor, counselor, and educator inside of every one bankruptcy is helping to border the plethora of interrelated concerns in a fashion that makes them transparent and accessible—and interesting—to all readers."
Co-Editor of Beyond Abuse within the Christian Church: elevating Voices for Change
Ron Clark is the lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon. he's the writer of Setting the Captives loose and is energetic in neighborhood companies for prevention of household violence, sexual assault