From the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (http://www.umc-gbcs.org):
Call your Members of Congress NOW and ask them not to cut funding for the Violence Against Women Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the Victims of Crime Act. Learn more about this legislation now at http://www.umc-gbcs.org/atf/cf/%7B689fea4c-8849-4c05-a89e-c9bc7ffff64c%7D/DEFINITIONSVAWA-FVSPA-VOCA.PDF.
Members of Congress are in their home districts through September 5th. Over the next six months, Congress and the powerful bipartisan “Super Committee” will determine where to cut more than $2.4 trillion in spending cuts. Your representatives need to hear from you as a person of faith. Please call the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121, to reach your representative’s office OR schedule an in-district meeting with them. You can find direct contact information for PA legislators in the following locations:
Senator Robert Casey: http://casey.senate.gov (NOTE: Senator Casey has a toll-free number—(866) 802-2833)
Senator Pat Toomey: http://toomey.senate.gov
Your Representative: http://www.house.gov
Preaching to Save Lives!
One way to really make a difference in the lives of people living with violence is to preach about it. When a pastor or lay person speaks words from the pulpit indicating he/she is concerned about domestic violence and wishes to make the church a safe place, victims may be more open to trusting and talking with someone about their experience with violence. We’re launching a new campaign called “Preaching to Save Lives!“ If you are a clergy or lay person, please explore scheduling a sermon during the month of October, domestic violence awareness month.
When you preach your sermon, think about videotaping it so others can benefit from what’s been shared. We will post printed sermons on our website. Please let us know how we can help. GBCS has domestic violence resources (http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=3631781&ct=3955961) that might be helpful as you address this vital issue.