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2018 Tamar Speaks Retreat

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Tamar Speaks
A Safe Church Retreat for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Gretna Glen Retreat Center, 87 Old Mine Road, Lebanon, PA

Tamar speaks!  How does the story of Tamar, the daughter of King David who was raped by her brother, speak to us today?  We invite you to join us as together we learn about the power of Tamar’s story and how it can guide us as we explore our own healing and resilience.  How will we claim our survivor’s voice?  What is our call to action?  Through art, journaling and fellowship we will create space to hear and be heard as we explore how our stories speak out about surviving, resilience, and ways to use our voices. Healing and justice can begin in our churches and community as together we rise up to end child sexual abuse.

Those who have previously attended these retreats are welcome to come back!  We are including some new activities and fresh material, so please add your voice!

The retreat will be led by Lisa Hanna Witmer, MSW, LSW, a trauma-trained therapist, Linda Crockett, Director of Samaritan Safe Church, and Deb Helt, Safe Church Senior Facilitator & Congregation Support Specialist.

Samaritan Safe Church is a social movement-building program working with congregations of varied denominations to equip all adults to protect children and teens from sexual abuse, not only in our churches, but also in the communities in which we live.  A core aspect of Safe Church is lifting up and empowering adult survivors of sexual abuse in our faith communities.       

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 9thCost for the retreat is $35.00 (includes lunch)                                

If you have any questions, including whether this retreat is “right” for you, call Deb Helt at Samaritan at 717 560-9969 ext. 273, or email

For a printable flyer Click here. For a registration form Click Here.


SafeChurch Focus

Building. . .

a faith-based movement to end Child Sexual Abuse

Moving. . .

beyond first generation “safe church policies and training” to shifting culture to inspire and equip adults to protect children from sexual harm in church and community

Connecting. . .

with others sharing a vision where people of faith take leadership to end the conditions that allow one in four girls and one in six boys to be sexually abused

Engaging. . .

survivors as sources of wisdom and leaders

Partnering. . .

with the Just Beginnings Collaborative to End Child Sexual Abuse