RISE UP Against Domestic Abuse is a Mothers’ Union campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are working with our members to ensure that as many churches as possible have information about their local domestic abuse helpline.
The letters of RISE UP stand for Respond, Inform, Support, Empower, Unite and Pray.
Mothers’ Union is a global Christian movement working with people of all faiths and none to strengthen families and advocate for change. Our 4 million members are active in 83 countries and work tirelessly to serve their communities to build a future where everyone thrives.
If someone discloses abuse to you, you should:
Respond – Respond to them by doing the following
Inform – If a person is in immediate danger, call 999. Direct the person to your county domestic abuse helpline or the Refuge 24 hour helpline on 0808 2000 247
Support – Tell the victim the abuse is not their fault
Empower – Take the person seriously, trust what they say
Unite – Listen and believe
Pray – Pray for all those affected by domestic abuse
IMPORTANT Do not tell a victim to leave.
A prayer for RISE UP
God of justice, peace and compassion,
Heavenly Father, Creator and sustainer of all,
We thank you that you gave yourself, your own Son, to give every person the opportunity to turn from darkness to the light of your presence and love.
We know that all those who endure cruelty and abuse are precious in your sight, that no tear falls without your knowledge and love, and we ask that they would know your presence, strength, comfort and wisdom – even in their fear, confusion and pain.
We commit ourselves, those who have experience of abuse, those whose loved ones have experience of abuse and those of us who enjoy safety and peace in our relationships – to RISE UP against domestic abuse in all its forms.
We pray –
for your compassion as we seek to RESPOND –
for your wisdom as we become better INFORMED –
for your gentleness as we try to SUPPORT –
for your strength as we hope to EMPOWER –
and the mark of your Holy Spirit that UNITES us together to work and PRAY unceasingly,
until situations change and freedom, life and love is restored to all.
In your dear and powerful name we cry out to you together.
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Global Day is Mothers’ Union’s response to the call for action made during 16 Days of Activism, the worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls.
This year we are coming together on Saturday 27 November, marking it by wearing a purple scarf.
We will gather, where possible, for a three-minute silence at 1.03pm (linking to the 1 in 3 theme). We want to make this as big as we can, combining the voices of our four million members around the world – calling for action on an international scale and in the countries where we live.
For more information, visit the Global Day 2021 page on the Mothers’ Union website https://www.mothersunion.org.
In Peterborough, we are supporting a major high profile event on Saturday 27th November when we will meet in a car park near the Cathedral, march along Bridge Street alongside other agencies and hold a service/ vigil in the Cathedral at 11am. Do think about joining us, you will be most welcome.
There will be more publicity of these events nearer the time but do please promote the dates. Let’s do what we can to stop gender-based violence – No More 1 in 3.
The Mothers’ Union Annual Gathering 2021 was held as a virtual event on Saturday 25 September, streaming on YouTube Premiere.
Drawing on our 2021 theme of ‘Rebuilding Hope and Confidence’, this event was a celebration of what we have achieved over the past year and an opportunity to look forward to the future and the new triennium.
The programme included an address from our Worldwide President, Sheran Harper and our CEO, Bev Jullien, as well as a financial update and a range of inspiring and informative contributions from members across Britain & Ireland and beyond.
The virtual Annual Gathering, was spread over two parts, with Midday Prayers led by Bishop Emma finishing the first part. Both parts are now available on YouTube, with chapter timestamps for your viewing convenience. We really hope you enjoy watching these events, please use the following links to watch sections:
This month it was a joy to welcome Ephena Matthew the Diocesan President of Antigua. She made me very welcome when I was lucky enough to visit Antigua in early 2020.
She stayed with me for a week and brought glorious Antiguan sunshine with her. It was a busy week of MU and church activity, and many people were able to meet her. We had a meeting of Deanery leaders and representatives at my house. It was a joy to be able to meet face to face and share a buffet meal and lots of ideas, as people start to worship and meet together again.
We were able to attend the wonderful service at Werrington church celebrating 100 years. Bishop John presided and Revd. Deborah, our chaplain, coordinated the prayers and offering of symbols of thanks. Jennie Edis gave a wonderful summary of MU activity. The branch and deanery had worked very hard to put on a wonderful celebration. We processed our MU banners, and of course enjoyed a wonderful spread of hospitality.
There were also opportunities to meet Ephena over a coffee at the Falcon, and sharing meals with friends. On the Saturday after attending a Eucharist together we walked nearly 15kms as part of the ride and stride. This involved walking across the fields between churches. The week ended with attendance together at our Harvest service.
In a card of thanks she writes “Thankyou and your family for opening your hearts and home to me. Your kindness has made a great difference to my life. Thankyou also for your fiends and MU sisters for involving me in so many events. I enjoyed every moment!”
Ephena has become a great friend and inspiration as a woman of faith and action. I give thanks for her, and the worldwide mission and ministry of MU.
Jill Cannings, Diocesan President