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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

Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 | Seattle, WA

Apr 27, 2015 to Apr 29, 2015

This training in Seattle, from April 27-29, 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. Participants will deepen their own understanding of the issues, explore new challenges, and expand their options for training others. Read more...

What's New

Rev. Marie Fortune Lectures at Luther Seminary on April 14, 2015

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune will participate in Luther Seminary's 2015 Sexual Violence Awareness Week activities, including a public lecture. The keynote lecture, entitled "What's Wrong with Rape?" will take place on April 14 at 7 pm in the Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation (1490 Fulham St, St. Paul MN). The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more...


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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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