Watch the video: Questions You Asked: Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith

We heard you!

The response to our May 22, 2018 webinar “Uncovering the Roots of Violence: New Perspectives on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith,” was overwhelming. Participants from all over the world raised incisive questions that call for further conversation, so we  reconvened our panel of anti-violence pioneers to move the dialog forward!

Watch the June 27, 2018 webinar Questions You Asked: Further Conversations on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith with Julie Owens and Ron Clark—learn about specific ways we can work together to change cultures of violence in our homes, our places of worship, and our communities.

Download the comprehensive Resource List: Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith.

Julie Owens, a ground-breaking trainer in the field of domestic violence prevention and victim advocacy, and Ron Clark, Church-Planter and Minister of Portland, Oregon’s Agape Church of Christ, who has authored Freeing the Oppressed and developed innovative approaches to enrolling clergy-people as effective advocates for those who are victimized or oppressed.

Riane Eisler, internationally known for her work to reveal the deep historical and cultural foundations of misogyny and violence in books such as The Chalice and the Blade and Sacred Pleasure.

Moderated by Sara Saltee.

Owens, and Clark responded to your questions about strategies for moving away from traditions of domination and forging healthier and more equitable relationships – without leaving behind the faith traditions that can inspire and sustain our journey.

Don’t miss the continuation of this timely and important conversation!

  • Why is gender inequality the lynchpin of oppression and violence across different eras and cultures?
  • How does an intersectional understanding of oppression help us connect the dots between seemingly unrelated forms of violence?
  • What possibilities for action open when we understand domestic violence as a human rights and social justice issue?

This webinar was recorded, and all registrants received the video link.


In 1988 Julie Owens survived domestic violence (DV) attempted murder along with her pastor father. After healing, she attended a victim support group before herself co-facilitating groups and lobbying for improved laws. She left her field of special education to train counselors, develop training for physicians, and found an on-call ER crisis team and transitional shelter. She later directed related trauma research projects at the National Center for PTSD, coordinated DV efforts in an urban mental health system and oversaw victim service agencies in twenty counties of N.C. Julie has trained nationally and internationally for many years and in 2011 was sent to the Republic of Kosovo for the Department of State to provide nationwide training. She works as an independent Expert Consultant for the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the DHHS National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, Bank of America and other organizations. In 2017, she co-developed the national toolkit and screening tool for adult victims of human trafficking. Her primary focus is best practices in victim advocacy in both secular and faith-based settings.

Ron Clark is the minister for the Agape Church of Christ in downtown Portland, OR. He has been in ministry for over 30 years. He is an adjunct instructor for Portland Seminary and is co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Society of Biblical Literature’s “World of Early Christianity and New Testament Scriptures” section. He has authored books and articles concerning Intimate Partner Violence and Theology, Biblical studies and ministry, and Marriage and Family Ministry. Ron has an MDiv and D.Min from Harding School of Theology in Memphis, TN. He and his wife Lori planted Agape Church of Christ in downtown Portland in 2007 and lead ministries with various state, county, and local government agencies addressing houselessness, prostitution, abuse, trafficking, and developing healthy marriages. Ron and Lori have been married since 1987 and have three sons.


Riane Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of groundbreaking books such as The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 26 foreign editions, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Dr. Eisler has received many honors, including honorary PhDs and peace and human rights awards. She lectures worldwide, including the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Department of State, Congressional briefings, universities, corporations, conference keynotes, and events hosted by heads of State. Dr. Eisler is also co-founder of the Caring Economy Campaign, the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV), and is Editor in Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, an online peer-reviewed journal housed at the University of Minnesota that was inspired by Eisler’s work.


Sara Saltee
is the Director of CPS’ Leadership and Learning Programs. Since 2011 Sara has developed and presented popular CPS leadership workshops including Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler’s Cultural Transformation Course, the Caring Economy Advocates Program, and The Power of Partnership. We are grateful for her professional and articulate presence as facilitator of this event.

Hosted by the Center for Partnership Studies and the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence

Questions? Contact Ann:


Our event co-sponsors include:

Awake Deborah

Agape Church of Christ

Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan

Catholics for Family Peace Education and Research Initiative

Changing Men, Changing Lives

The CWR Talk Network

FaithTrust Institute

God Hates Abuse Project

Jana’s Campaign

The North Carolina Council of Churches

Pathways to Safety International

The Pixel Project

The Rave Project

Safe Alliance

Shine a Light on Domestic Violence Ministry


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