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Upcoming Training

Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 [April, 2016]

Apr 21, 2016 to Apr 23, 2016

Nashville, TN 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. Read more...

What's New

Resource: UCC Discussion Guide to "Spotlight"

The United Church of Christ (UCC), in collaboration with FaithTrust Institute, has created a discussion guide to address the serious issues for faith communities raised by the movie Spotlight. Read more...

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune in Washington Post

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder and senior analyst of FaithTrust Institute, was interviewed by Bob Smietana of the Washington Post for an article on domstic violence within faith communities. The issues raised by Naghmeh Abedini, wife of previously imprisoned Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, has forced many to examine the silence surrounding domestic abuse. Read more...

Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection for March: Uncovered

For the second Meaningful Voices Book Club, FaithTrust Institute has selected UNCOVERED: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax (She Writes Press, 2015). The online book discussion will take place on March 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Our discussion leaders will be Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, Toby Myers, and author Leah Lax. Read more...

 

Recent Blog Posts

What Would Jeremiah Say?

The recent film Spotlight highlights the investigation by The Boston Globe into the coverup of child sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese. Using the lens of investigative journalism, it takes us as viewers/bystanders through the years of complicity by the legal system, The Globe, and the Catholic Church— as well as the active efforts by the Church to hide the abuse and protect the pedophile priests at the expense of the laity. The sexual abuse of children by faith leaders is no longer “news”. Sadly enough, it is too common to be “news”. But what is informative and important about Spotlight for those of us who are bystanders to these atrocities is the laying out of the institutional practices that have allowed this suffering to go on for decades. In November, 2015, the National Center for Victims of Crime called for a national commission on child sexual abuse to investigate institutional settings where children are particularly vulnerable and where we know there has been a history of child sexual abuse.

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Spotlight: Diving Deep & Surfacing

Spotlight is the name of the team of Boston Globe reporters who investigated the Archdiocese of Boston in 2001 when the puzzle pieces began to fall into place surrounding the sexual abuse of children by priests. Their reporting yielded a Pulitzer Prize and finally blew the lid off the long-standing conspiracy of silence surrounding the protection of priest pedophiles in the Catholic Church. Spotlight, the film, is indeed a cautionary tale for us all. While non-Catholics might be tempted to walk away from the theater with just a tinge of self-righteousness, assuming that this is a Catholic problem, don't give into that temptation. And let us not spend time arguing (as some commentators have) over whether "the problem" is greater or lesser in our faith community. Neither will serve us well.

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GUEST BLOG: A Safe Place to Call Home {16 Days of Activism: Stories That Inspire Our Work} by Rev. Amy Gopp

December 10, 2015 - Human Rights Day We all deserve a safe place to call home. The right to seek a safe place to live and the right to shelter are fundamental human rights as named in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which we celebrate today. Tragically, for victims and survivors of gender-based violence, no matter where they live, home is often the most dangerous place in the world. In fact, for far too many, it can be deadly to stay home.

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