Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis and Julie Owens - Cultural Competency: Why Faith is Fundamental - Recorded
Cultural competency is vital for effective intervention in addressing domestic violence. An understanding of religious issues as they intersect with culture and ethnicity is equally vital. We need an understanding of why we cannot ignore culture, ethnicity or faith in the experience of victims or perpetrators of abuse.
Sep 13, 2011
from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis
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Cultural competence describes the fact that one understands that culture matters and that one’s own cultural reality is both similar to and different from others. It also suggests that to be competent, we need to know something about cultures that differ from our own. In our efforts to respond to sexual and domestic violence, there has been a growing awareness of the cultural differences that come with our particular racial and ethnic identities. There has been less awareness and understanding of the impact of religious belief and practice. This recorded webinar will address:
- The intersection of race, ethnicity, and religion for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence
- Why faith is fundamental for the majority of victims, survivors and perpetrators
- How advocates and counselors can support their clients’ efforts to disclose and utilize their faith
- The difference between faith as a roadblock or a resource in addressing domestic violence
- How one’s own faith issues may affect one’s ability to speak to the victim, survivor or perpetrator
Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a United Church of Christ pastor and is the co-founder and Senior Pastor of God Can Ministries in Ford Heights, Illinois. Dr. Davis serves as An Adjunct Professor and the Director of the Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies at McCormick Theological Seminary.
Julie Owens is a survivor who has worked in the domestic violence field for over twenty years. Her story is featured in FaithTrust Institute's award-winning documentary "Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence", the RBC television series “When Love Hurts” and several books, including Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know.