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Domestic abuse article strikes a few chords

God language, reading teacher, inactives, year dates draw choice words

I was so touched by the bold cover on the The Lutheran's May edition regarding domestic violence and the extensive coverage provided on the subject ("1 in 3 is harmed by domestic abuse"). I have been a member of the board of the Lutheran Settlement House of Philadelphia for five years. One of the efforts contributing to its wide outreach has been its Bilingual Domestic Violence Program. It collaborates with other domestic violence programs and the city to operate the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline that provides victims of domestic and dating abuse with crisis intervention and counseling, safety planning, service referrals and other needs. The reality was clearly captured in the front page headline: "1 in 3 is harmed by domestic abuse." I am glad the magazine brought attention to this sensitive but important subject, offering a faith foundation for the immediate and brave responses needed to deal with this issue.

Sara Calderon
Philadelphia

Left out again

The sexist bias of The Lutheran and the ELCA has again reared its ugly head in the articles in the May edition. I was astonished that there was no mention of men being abused. I know that all too well. I was abused by my ex-wife. Time after time I read about the inhumane treatment men give to women. But what about the men who are abused? Some of these so-called support groups will tell you that it was my fault, there must be some reason she did that to me. It took me a long time and much counseling to get over my anger at the organizations that did nothing to help me.

Michael Jacobsen  
Loma Linda, Calif.

Don't shout Amen

The heavenly host weeps when one proclaims hallelujah over people "straying away from the church" (May, "Letters: Follow Jesus like it really matters to you"). Reconnecting with God is cause for rejoicing, but to disconnect with the church is both blatantly anti-scriptural and an abandonment of partners in Christ. We need each other to carry out Christ's mission in our world today.

The Rev. D. Randall Faro
Chehalis, Wash.


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