Vision for the Vulnerable
January 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
We are excited to announce a guest speaker for the first Vision for the Vulnerable in 2021! Revd. Dr Helen Paynter will be joining us to talk about her book called, ‘The Bible Doesn’t Tell Me So: Why you don’t have to submit to domestic violence and coercive control.’
This book is addressed directly to women experiencing domestic abuse, and to those who seek to support them, including pastoral leaders, friends and support organisations.
It debunks the myths – perpetuated by some abusers and, unwittingly, by many churches – which prevent women from getting out of harm’s way. It helps them realise that the Bible does not belong to their abuser but is a text of liberation. Written with careful attention to pastoral issues, it closely examines and clearly explains the relevant scriptural texts.
My prayer is that it will change, and maybe even save lives, because the Bible, when read properly, sets people free. – Helen
Helen is a Baptist Minister (previous Associate Minister at Westbury-on-Trym Baptist), and is currently the Coordinator of Theological Education at Bristol Baptist College. In 2018, Helen launched the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (https://www.csbvbristol.org.uk/), which is a study centre dedicated to working in the area of the interpretation of biblical texts of violence. She speaks nationally and internationally about the interpretation of biblical violence and the abuse of the Bible to promote violence.
We are excited that Helen will be joining us and look forward to welcoming her among us.