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Upcoming Training

Online Course: Healthy Boundaries 101 for Ministry (Fall 2015)

Oct 05, 2015 to Nov 06, 2015

Healthy Boundaries 101 for Ministry, led by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, begins on October 5. This is an intensive online course that allows participants to examine the complex roles and situations of ministry in a thoughtful, reflective way. The course will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. Read more...

Safe and Healthy Churches 2015 Training: Ending Family Violence (King of Prussia, PA)

Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015

This two-day training is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Churches from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey are invited to apply. Read more...

Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201, October 2015 (St.Paul, MN)

Oct 26, 2015 to Oct 27, 2015

This course focuses on "prevention" and will equip trainers to teach Healthy Boundaries 101 Fundamentals & 201 Beyond Basics. The course is designed for those who are designated by their judicatory or organization to train clergy and spiritual teachers about healthy boundaries. Whether new or experienced to this training assignment, participants in the course will deepen their own understanding of the issues, explore new challenges, and expand their options for training others. LOCATION: Minneapolis/ St. Paul area Read more...

What's New

United Methodist Women's Iowa Conference: Working to End Domestic Violence

United Methodist Women, in collaboration with FaithTrust Institute, has sponsored Conference trainings across the country to assist lay leaders and churches in addressing domestic violence. The most recent training was with the Iowa Conference. It combined education about the theological issues that impact victims/survivors of abuse, as well as resources for individuals to make a difference in the lives of victims, and in creating positive change. Read more...

Move to End Violence: Working to Create a Powerful Engine for Social Change

Rev. M.L. Daniel, Program Manager of FaithTrust Institute, was selected to participate in the prestigious Novo Foundation's Move to End Violence Program. This two-year cohort of Movement Makers is working to strengthen, innovate and transform the organizations that are already working to address the epidemic of violence against girls and women. Read more...

Antoinette Brown Award Honors Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis

The United Church of Christ presented the Antoinette Brown Award to FaithTrust Institute trainer Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, as well as Rev. Traci Blackmon,of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo,. and RevGalBlogPals for their inspiring work. Read more...

Working Faithfully to End Domestic Violence: Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church

On June 6, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church hosted a training by FaithTrust Institute on ending domestic violence. Sharon Hachtman, a deaconess and nurse, spoke about her experience working with survivors and the role that faith communities can play in ending domestic violence. Read more...


Recent Blog Posts

How Many? How Long?

This might sound like the start of a bad joke: What do a theologian (John Howard Yoder) and a comedian (Bill Cosby) have in common? More than you might imagine—and I’m not laughing. Both were major figures in their fields. Both were widely regarded and respected, even adored by many. Both were powerful men with a sense of entitlement. With impunity, both sexually abused scores of young women who trusted them for years. Both were shielded by their peers and colleagues from any meaningful accountability.



Dear Dylann Roof

Dear Dylann Roof: When you gunned down 9 people in a Charleston church who were sharing Bible study with you, you said, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” Author Lisa Wade described this as “benevolent” sexism. I find this an overly generous label.



GUEST BLOG: Ramadan Reflections: Recharging for Social Justice Work by Afeefa Syeed

I am an aspiring potter and love to be covered in clay. I’m excited about the process of what clay does even more than what products my playing with mud might yield. More than anything else, being a potter gives me head and heart space to reflect on humility, patience, submission and being passionately hopeful that whatever comes out of the process is just what I needed to learn, experience, and live to be who I am. Sometimes there’s a pretty pot I can pour tea out of. In many ways this is how Ramadan is for me as an activist. Essentially, fasting is denying yourself something, but it really becomes more about how that denial takes place, what process makes it be more than just not eating or drinking. Principles from Ramadan are critical then in how they reinforce my work as an advocate...


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