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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
and Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

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Bless Our Children



April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities.

Read the 2015 Presidential Proclamation: "...This month, we celebrate the love and courage it takes to raise a child; we reaffirm the fundamental human rights of all children to live free from violence and abuse; and we rededicate ourselves to ending the cycle of harm too many girls and boys face."


Upcoming Training

Healthy Boundaries 101 Online Course - Summer 2015

Jun 01, 2015 to Jul 03, 2015

Our online course, Healthy Boundaries 101 for Ministry, led by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, begins on June 1, 2015. An intensive course, it allows participants to examine the complex roles and situations of ministry in a thoughtful, reflective way. This 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...

What's New

National Research Study of Women Survivors of Clergy Misconduct

Opportunity to Participate: Baylor University, in collaboration with Hope of Survivors and the Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation, has launched a research study on the experiences of survivors of clergy abuse and misconduct. They have an anonymous online survey to gather information from victims, with the goal of providing information about how churches and denominations can better respond to people who have been abused by a church leader. Read more...


Recent Blog Posts

Spring Break {File Under: Things We Tend To Take For Granted}

In the northern hemisphere, this is the season of spring. Each year I try to spend a week in the Smokey Mountains because spring here is an event that unfolds each day before our eyes. Warm days and cool nights coax the sprouts from the ground and the buds from the trees. Wild violets cover the ground, tender fiddle heads of ferns unfold, the redbuds are just ready to burst into purple, a faint touch of green covers the mountainside.



From Darkness to Light: Passover

Passover is the Jewish holiday about the passage from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom. In remembering the Exodus story of the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, it is an occasion to reflect on our own journeys.



A Tale of the Usual and the Unusual

The story of Mohammad Abdullah Saleem of Elgin, IL, is not unlike that of a Catholic priest, a Protestant pastor, a Jewish rabbi, or a Buddhist teacher who has sexually molested a faithful follower. Over the past 30 years, we have heard from many survivors of abuse by a faith leader in all of these groups, but few Muslim survivors. It has simply been harder to break the silence in the Muslim community where any discussion of anything sexual remains largely taboo.


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