Dr. Christy Sim is the Executive Director of Stronger Than Espresso, an organization that designs and provides healing tools for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She previously spent two years as the Accreditation and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) where she worked with 29 domestic violence and sexual assault programs helping enable a standard of trauma-informed care.
She graduated August of 2014 with a doctorate in Global Health and Wholeness with her main area of emphasis and research in healing after Domestic Violence from St. Paul’s School of Theology. Her dissertation was titled: "Body, Theology, and Intimate Partner Violence: Healing Fragmentation through Spiritual Play."
Sim has over 400 hours of additional training in domestic violence, sexual assault, legal and forensic implications of violence, the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed care, gender, and developing a community’s response to violence.
Sim currently sits on the Institutional Review Board for Claremont School of Theology where she assesses care for vulnerable populations being researched by PhD and Masters Students.
She holds an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
She has a chapter, “Celebration of Strength” in the book Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith (Eds. Lane and Okoro; White Cloud Press, 2013). Sim is active publishing online with Christian Feminism Today and Evangelicals for Social Action on how faith
communities can respond to violence in healthy ways. Her recent paper presentations include “The Dehumanization of Abuse” at a conference on domestic violence in British Columbia. In the academic world, Sim has taught several courses for Friends University (Wichita, KS), including: Imagining Healing for Violence & Poverty, a basic Introduction to Ethics Class, and Philosophy. She has volunteered with various organizations to teach courses on ‘surviving violence’ and ‘self-care towards healing,’ created from her doctoral research and designed to help mothers with young children after the experience of violence.
An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and an openly transgender man, Weekley... operates within the framework of participatory action research, a methodology directly involving the people under study (in this case, transgender persons) in formulating solutions for their problems, making plans, reflecting theologically, and acting accordingly.
For many years I have also believed that a symbol other than the cross should be at the center of Christianity. The emphasis on the cross leads to the glorification of violence and death rather than the love and abundant life that Jesus taught.
With a history dating from 1973, we are an international organization of women and men who believe that the Bible supports the equality of the sexes. We are Christian feminists. We are inclusive. We welcome you.
. . . taking the humanity of the Bible seriously in no way undercuts it message, nor should it result in fear that the Bible will lose its power or meaning if we recognize that people wrote it in specific times and places with specific points of view. Of course. But, this has been and continues to be the dividing line among contemporary Christians.