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Alicia Dixon-Garrard

Alicia Dixon-Garrard, M.A. ’14, Teen Challenge volunteer, Catholic Schools of Broome County substitute teacher.

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The politics of addressing domestic violence in our churches

Posted by Alicia Dixon-Garrard on Aug 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

violence_against_women_response-566768-editedI was attending a church where I felt I really took ownership of my faith and became acclimated to church culture. At the time, there were several couples who were living together, but not yet married. Upon the arrival of a new pastor, his solution was to encourage the couples to get married sooner rather than later. Consequently, he married a few of them in his office and then the couples later held wedding ceremonies with invited guests.

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Topics: domestic violence, church's response to violence, violence against women

Failing to address sexual abuse of teens in our churches

Posted by Alicia Dixon-Garrard on Aug 11, 2015 4:00:00 PM
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Early in ministry, I spent a few years leading children’s church and then Sunday School.

One Sunday, a young lady in the youth group sat by me on the pew during opening worship. As was my habit, I put my arm around her for a hug. She pulled her knees to her chest, leaned into me with her head on my shoulder and began sobbing. I just held her not knowing what was wrong. I was unaware of what caused such an open display of pain. Another young lady in the youth group came and got her hand and led her out of the sanctuary. There the second young lady embraced and comforted her crying peer.

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Topics: church's response to violence, violence against women

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