Bullying is an increasing problem in Rome
Inter-European Division (EUD)
[Italy] Orange Day in Europe was observed by Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Rome by presenting resources from enditnow Emphasis Day 2017. Franca Zucca, WM director at the Italian Union, and Manuela Mori, WM vice-director at the local church, presented the Sabbath morning sermon “Love Protects: Healing the wounds of emotional abuse in children." Our pathfinders were involved by singing a song with really meaningful words: “With the words you can give a name to what you have in your heart.”
In the afternoon, the theme of bullying was tackled. Based on the seminar from the packet, "Bullying: Tips for Parents, Teachers, and Church Leaders," slides projected on a screen listed statistics pointing to an exponential increase of the phenomenon in Italy and other parts of the world. We watched a short section drawn from a movie about bullying. All present —adults and children —then formed working groups to discuss why we need to talk about this subject, where-when-how bullying manifests itself, and the solutions at home, in the church, at school, in the neighborhood.
The groups worked very well and proposed ideas and solutions that we will follow. It was important to see children and adults taking this terrible problem seriously. We feel that we need to continue to address this issue.
Reported by Franca Zucca, Director of Women’s Ministries in the Italian Union
Download "Love Protects" and "Bullying: Tips" in the enditnow Emphasis Day 2017 resource packet
Published in Mosaic newsletter, Spring 2018