In North America, Summit Focuses on Helping to Recognize and Stop Abuse – Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Ruben Muriente addresses the audience on September 4, 2019, at the enditnow NAD Summit on Abuse. Muriente, the outreach coordinator for the Family Justice Center in Tennessee, spoke both days of the summit, presenting in English and Spanish. Photo: Pieter Damsteegt, North American Division News

September 10, 2019 | Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States |  Kimberly Luste Maran, North American Division, and Adventist Review

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Chapel on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States, was full during the afternoon and early evening on September 4, 2019, the first day of the North American Division (NAD)’s 2019 enditnow Summit on Abuse. It is the division’s third summit, which broadcast over two days in English and Spanish — and the first to be held on a university campus.

The two-day summit was organized to give pastors, seminary students, teachers, volunteers, church staff, and members the tools and knowledge to help end abuse within their scope of influence. The summit featured a number of experts ranging from church leaders, administrators, professional advocates, educators, and women who shared their stories of abuse.

A Sober and Serious Subject

“This is a very sober and serious subject facing our society and our church,” said G. Alexander Bryant, NAD executive secretary, during an introduction to the summit. “It is my prayer that you leave this summit more equipped, informed, and motivated to address abuse in the sphere of your influence — where you work, where you socialize, and even where you worship.”

In addition to the live audience gathered both days in the chapel, according to Jamie Domm, digital media strategist for the NAD, more than 3,600 registered to watch the Facebook live-stream event for both days. More than 500 on average continuously viewed the live-stream video presentations on Facebook.

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