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About the “One in Three” Sermon Guide

Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is not an easy topic to discuss, to preach about, or to counsel. However, it is real, widespread, and prevalent in our society and in all cultures. The objective of the “One In Three” Sermon Guide is to help pastors and other faith gain awareness of this critical issue and provide basic tools to help them discuss it with their churches and communities and, when applicable, mobilize them to take action.

How it Works

This sermon guide—developed through the collaboration of health experts at IMA World Health and ordained ministers—begins with an introduction to SGBV and why the Church must take action, followed by three chapters each addressing a specific SGBV issue. Each chapter includes an introduction explaining the health issue, a sample sermon incorporating appropriate Scripture, and guiding questions to help you discuss this issue with your congregation.

Included Messages:
  1. Why We Must Choose Love
  2. Consider It, Take Counsel, and Speak Out
  3. A Deeper Look at the Book of Ruth

This guide was written in particular with a US-based Christian audience in mind. WeWillSpeakOut.US is also planning to develop parallel guides for other faiths and settings.

Click to Download a Sermon Guide