AUGUST 28, 2020

Enditnow® Emphasis Day

An initiative to stop violence

enditnow® is a global initiative to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue. 

Although it is an uncomfortable subject for many people, it has become more and more obvious that abuse is a serious problem for Christians, for Seventh-day Adventists. Abuse in any form deforms the body of Christ—for the victim, for the perpetrator, and for the church that is left with the hurting members.

This initiative, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories, was launched in October 2009 in partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)-a prominent humanitarian organization-and the Department of Women’s Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, two entities that are representative of the Adventist Church.

enditnow® is the most important stand the Seventh-day Adventist Church has ever taken regarding violence against men, women and children. Through this campaign, more than 15 million Adventist church members-men, women, and children-are expected to create a global movement that will be mobilized within their own communities, where each person will actively work to create awareness and share solutions on ways to end this global problem.

enditnow® builds on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long tradition of responding to the needs of all human beings, namely to stand up in favor of human rights, tolerance, the well-being of children, freedom of expression and conscience, and the protection and integrity of families. It is a call to action for all Adventists and supporters to stand up and put into practice those principles we hold true.

enditnow® seeks to extend God’s vision of love and compassion for all His children.

Domestic violence has been documented as a major issue within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Incidences of abuse follow trends documented in non-Adventist populations. This is why enditnow® seeks to increase personal awareness, responsibility, and involvement to effectively help end violence in every family and community.

Sponsoring Departments
In 2016, after ADRA ceased involvement with enditnow®, six additional departments of the Seventh-day Adventist Church joined Women’s Ministries as co-sponsors of the initiative: Children’s Ministries, Department of Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Ministerial Association, and Youth Ministries. Each of the sponsoring entities are committed to developing and sharing resources that address many expressions of abuse against women, children, and men.

Visit the enditnow® official website.

Seventh-day adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.


ENDITNOW® EMPHASIS DAY

FOURTH SABBATH OF AUGUST

enditnow® is a worldwide church initiative

enditnow® Emphasis Day, the fourth Sabbath of August, provides an annual opportunity for local churches to address this issue, to educate church members and leadership, to facilitate awareness in their communities, and to let victims know that their church cares about them. 

enditnow® Emphasis Day is on the world church’s Calendar of Days and Events. General Conference Women’s Ministries (GCWM) coordinates the production and distribution of the enditnow® Emphasis Day resource packets with contributions from six additional co-sponsoring departments of the General Conference: Children’s MinistriesEducationFamily MinistriesHealth MinistriesMinisterial Association, and Youth Ministries.


AUGUST 28, 2021

BRINGIN PEACE HOME

Resource Packet

This year for enditnow® Emphasis Day we have chosen to focus on the issues of youth violence and pornography. These are not issues normally discussed, and we know that some will be uncomfortable with the topic. Yet it is vital that we recognize the problem. More and more we read in the newspapers of violence perpetuated by and against young people. We can no longer pretend that this problem exists only outside the doors of our church. Our young people are not safe! We must find ways to help them deal with the destructive and harmful effects resulting from these types of abuses. With God’s help we will make a difference in their lives and help the healing process to begin.

North American Division Women’s Ministries contributed to the enditnow Emphasis Day resource packet for 2021. The sermon titled “Bringing Peace Home” is written by Sarah McDugal, MSA-ID, Author, Trainer, Abuse Recovery Coach, Wilderness to WILD, LLC. In the packet is an eBooklet she wrote, Abuse Advocacy, and an infographic poster, 13 Minimum Steps to Church Security (written with Gary Loster). Used by permission of Wilderness to WILD.

The seminar, “The Problem with Pornography: Addiction, Abuse, and Affliction” written by Erica Jones, Assistant Director of Women’s Ministries for North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Erica works with young women in the North American Division (NAD) in the areas of abuse, addictions, and pornography. Many young women have been helped by Erica’s commitment and dedication to bringing these issues to the surface. Erica also wrote a brochure for NAD enditnow®, “There Is No Excuse for Abuse.”

The seminar, “Dangerous Kissing Cousins,” written by Drs. Claudio and Pamela Consuegra, directors of North American Division Family Ministries, was published in Ministry® International Journal for Pastors, November 2019. The script of the presentation is in the packet. Used by permission.


What’s in the Packet?

  • Sermon and seminar scripts in Word
  • Bringing Peace Home PPT
  • The Problem with Pornography PPT
  • Statement on Pornography PPT
  • Dangerous Kissing Cousins PPT
  • Abuse Advocacy eBook PDF
  • 13 Minimum Steps to Church Security JPG

You may print and reproduce the packet if you’d like to share it with others. We encourage you to use these resources in your church’s enditnow® Emphasis Day program.

Additional Resources

  • Church Self-Assessment Tool-Graph C PDF
  • There Is No Excuse for Abuse brochure PDF
  • Portuguese magazine, Breaking the Silence, about Pornography PDF
  • Spanish magazine, Breaking the Silence, about Pornography PDF
  • PowerPoint slide backgrounds PPT

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence PDF eBooklet

Written by Mable Dunbar, PhD, LPC, published 2016 by North American Division Women’s Ministries (used by permission)
English German | French Portuguese Spanish

enditnow resources

Save-the-date postcard lo-res | Printer’s PDF hi-res
enditnow logo lo-res | hi-res
enditnow brochures

enditnow social media square images as PNG files (courtesy of South Pacific Division)

1 in 4 women experience violent abuse from an intimate partner 
Prevalence of women experiencing domestic violence: indigenous 60%, Pacific 70%
Rates of domestic violence are the same, church = society
10 days

Breaking the Silence brochure

English | Spanish | German

Quebrando Silêncio 2020 Portuguese
Archive of Spanish and Portuguese magazines

2020 Resource Packets by Language (Zip files)

English | French | German | Portuguese | Romanian | Russian | Spanish
When Jesus Ended It magazine French

Learn more

North American Division enditnow website
Church Statements Against Violence
What Can My Church Do?
Protecting Our Children
13 Minimum Steps to Church Security, an 11×17 poster, by Gary Loster and Sarah McDugal, used by permission of WildernesstoWILD.com
Enditnow Decision Tree, infographic in Spanish
Sexual Abuse: Reclaiming Hope, a seminar for NAD teacher certification and continuing education credit (CEUs), from Adventist Learning Community

Breaking the Silence magazine

enditnow news and views

Adventist Review, 9-01-2019, Safe Church, interview includes Raquel Arrais
Adventist News Network, 8-04-2019 Breaking the Silence Day in Brazil
Adventist News Network, 8-17-2018 enditnow Emphasis Day

Ted NC Wilson, 8-21-2020 YouTube video
Ted NC Wilson, 8-21-2017 Facebook video
Nancy Wilson, 8-21-2017 YouTube video

English

2020 Sermon—When Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar


French

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent
Quand Jésus Y Mit Fin

2020 SeminarThe Wounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert
Les Blessures de L’Abus

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar


German

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent
Als Jesus Ein Ende Setzte

2020 SeminarThe Wounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert
Die Folgen Der Gewalt

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar
Die_Dynamik_der_Häuslichen_Gewalt

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Häusliche Gewalt – Wie Reagiert Man Persönlich Und Als Gemeinschaft?


Portuguese

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Quando Jesus Pôs Fim

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
As Feridas do Abuso 

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar 
Dinâmica da Violência Doméstica

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Reposta Individual e Comunitária


Romanian

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Când-Isus-a-pus-capat-suferintei

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
Rănile Abuzului:Putem Face Mai Mult? 

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Răspunsul Individual ȘiComunitar La ViolențaDomestică


Russian

Проповедь:—”День профилактики насилия enditnow” (DOC)

Проповедь:— “День профилактики насилия” (PPT)

Семинар:—”День профилактики насилия” (PPT)

Раздаточный материал:—”День профилактики насилия” (PPT)


Spanish

2020 SermonWhen Jesus Ended It by Pastor Anthony Kent 
Cuando Jesús le puso fin

2020 SeminarWounds of Abuse by Dr. Katia Reinert 
Las Heridas del abuso 

BookletThe Dynamics of Domestic Violence by Dr. Mable Dunbar 
Dinámicas de la Violencia Doméstica

PresentationIndividual and Community Response to Domestic Violence. Respuesta Individual y de la Comunidad

BrochureBreaking the Silence. Rompiendo el Silencio

Infographic—Enditnow Decision Tree. Comenzar Aquí

enditnow® co-sponsoring departments