Guest speakers include Gretchen Baskerville, Cindy Burrell, Rebecca Davis, Heather Elizabeth, Joy Forrest, Clara Hinton, Dale and Faith Ingraham, Sarah McDugal, Neil Schori, and Patrick Weaver (see individual info below).
We have a problem.
A monumental problem.
Abuse is rampant in faith communities, there are countless women who are suffering every single day while being told that God expects them to do so.
Reportedly, one in three women are victims of physical or sexual violence.
That number does not account for unreported cases.
That number does not account for other forms of abuse: child, cultural, emotional, financial, intellectual, pets and property, psychological, social, spiritual and verbal.
We are here to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
God loves His daughters and He wants us to be safe and well.
During this summit, we will expose the realities of abuse within faith communities, share stories of survivors and offer solutions for how to address abusers in a Biblical manner.
This network of advocates, authors, speakers, and leaders (many are also survivors) is part of an army that is rising up.
Edmund Burke said it so well: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
We invite good men and good women to join us in this fight against evil.
We welcome pastors, spiritual leaders, educators, counselors, life coaches, teachers, medical personnel, first responders, law enforcement, and people helpers.
If you love people and want to know better and do better, this event is for you.
We will share harsh realities with you, but will also offer ways to combat abuse.
This event is virtual, via Zoom. Friday's sessions will be from 1-9 PM EST, with a short break and a dinner break. Saturday's sessions will be from 10 AM- 5:30 PM EST with short breaks and meal breaks. Full schedule will be sent to you after you register. If you cannot make it to all the sessions, you'll be able to watch the replay later.
This summit is hosted by Heather Elizabeth. She is a survivor, advocate, coach, podcaster, and the facilitator of Held & Healed: Christian Women Rebuilding After Abuse.
I survived abuse for over 45 years. My home was not safe. My church was not safe. My marriage was not safe. In 2015, I found myself separated and unable to function due to chronic health issues. My body was sick. My mind was sick. My spirit was sick.
In 2016, I began a journey of healing for my body, mind, and spirit. I realized that I had Complex-PTSD from enduring decades of trauma and abuse. I found a trauma-informed, domestic violence-informed counselor. I found a holistic doctor. Healing became my priority.
In March of 2020, I enrolled in Give Her Wings Academy and began to soak up knowledge. I listened to the lessons, then followed links to blogs posts, books and podcasts. I have invested hundreds of hours in educating myself about abuse and linking arms with other advocates. I know so many other women who have endured physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physiological abuse. As I listened to the speakers in the academy, the names and faces of my friends came to mind. "Oh, I should send her this link," or "I need to reach out to her and share this nugget of truth." Week after week, I received truth, validation, education, and resources. I KNEW THOSE GEMS WERE NOT JUST FOR ME. Once the lights turned on for me, I wanted to flip every switch to help others see truth.My pain is not in vain if it helps others find their healing.
On September 12, 2020, I launched a private Facebook group, Held & Healed: Christian Women Rebuilding After Abuse. That group has grown to nearly 1,000 members and it is a space where I share and organize healing resources. We create community with online and in-person events. Women are seen, heard, loved, believed and validated.
We gathered for the first annual Held & Healed Retreat in September of 2021. During our time together, we heard survivor stories, studied the thirteen patterns/systems of abuse, and were given practical tools for engaging in spiritual warfare. We ate together, laughed together, cried together, and practiced self-care.
This summit will allow us to extend our Held & Healed family and invite more survivors and helpers into our community. Welcome, dear ones! We are here to love, learn, and grow together.
Cost is $175/person, space is limited.
Registration is non-refundable.
Group discount is available, with one login/group.
Groups would need to meet and watch the summit together,
individuals will have the option to purchase vault access after the event.
Message me at info@HeatherElizabeth.org for details and codes.