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Domestic Violence: The Church Responds II
Breaking Out of the Man Box

Sponsored by The Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9 AM to 3 PM
Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

In this seminar, the keynote message, panel discussion and a workshop will focus on helping men and boys unlearn and heal from toxic masculinity (i.e., socialized attitudes and behaviors that contribute to intimate-partner abuse).*

Keynoter: The Rev. Rickie Houston, a domestic violence specialist and trainer with the organization A CALL TO MEN. He has trained groups across the U.S., including religious groups and professional sports teams, and in West Africa, helping them to engage men in efforts to foster respect for, and end violence against, women. Houston, who trains men, women and boys, believes in a developmental, holistic approach in his ministry that includes the “interaction of spiritual and social consciousness.” He is the pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC.

A CALL TO MEN educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood. A CALL TO MEN is a violence prevention organization and respected leader on issues of manhood, male socialization and its intersection with violence, and preventing violence against all women and girls.

The half-day seminar will also feature a panel discussion with Houston, Chester County domestic violence prevention and response specialists, and the Rev. David Piltz, a campus minister, pastor and Eastern PA Conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministries. Piltz is a Marriage and Family Therapist who once trained for and staffed a domestic violence response hotline.

Afternoon workshops

  • Healing the Community of the Trauma of Domestic Violence
  • Teaching Respect and Helping Men Prevent Domestic Violence
  • When Love Hurts: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Who should attend this seminar? All men and boys (and the women who love them).

The cost is $20 and includes lunch and resources. 0.5 CEUs offered by request.

 For more information contact the Rev. Jacqueline Hines, committee chairwoman.

*In psychology, toxic masculinity refers to traditional cultural masculine norms that can be harmful to men, women and society overall; this concept of toxic masculinity is not intended to demonize men or male attributes, but rather to emphasize the harmful effects of conformity to certain traditional masculine ideal behaviors such as dominance, self-reliance, and competition. (Wikipedia)

Read the Domestic Violence Committee’s recent article, “Domestic violence is a social epidemic. Help stop it” and visit the committee’s webpage to learn more.


  • 9:00 AM: Registration, Gathering,
  • 9:30 AM: Introductions, Devotions
  • 10:00 AM: Keynote Address: Rev. Rickie Houston
  • 11:00 AM: Panel Discussion (moderated by Sandy Lewis (retired)—Domestic Violence Center of Chester County). Panelists: Rev. David Piltz, MFT; Joe Henson, Coaching Boys into Men; Rev. Rickie Houston, A CALL TO MEN; Officer Roger Ollis, Chester County Police.
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 PM: Workshops (choose one of three)
  • 2:00 PM: Next Steps
  • 2:45 PM: Wrap Up