Fall 2015 Religion and Family Life Section update

Julie Zaloudek, section chair

The Religion and Family Life Section will be offering some exciting programming for the 2015 Annual Conference that is relevant to scholars and practitioners. It includes a symposium on "Sexuality and Religiosity: The Religion-Family Associations for LGBQ People"; a roundtable on how the biblical direction to not exasperate children can be translated into evidence-based parenting programs; and a paper session on topics related to grief, loss, coping, and resilience.

A special session with the founders of Exile International will focus on their work with former child soldiers in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Exile International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "restoring former child soldiers and war-affected children to become leaders for peace through art therapy and rehabilitative care."

The professionals at Exile International provide comprehensive rehabilitative care for child victims as well as training for local counselors and professionals, and they advocate for peace. Founder Bethany Haley Williams will be joined by trauma counselor Matthew Williams to share their work and outcomes for children, families, and communities. The Religion and Family Life Section will be joined by the Education and Enrichment and International Sections to sponsor this special session.