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Upcoming Training

Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 October 2016

Oct 10, 2016 to Oct 11, 2016

Location: Atlanta, GA. 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...

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Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House

For our summer Meaningful Voices Online Book Club, we've selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, 2012). Read more...

Spotlight: A Movie Worth Discussing

FaithTrust Institute offers a multi-faith discussion guide for SPOTLIGHT: The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the impact of child sexual abuse, and also address the steps that we can take to ensure safe communities for children and others who are vulnerable. To that end, we have created a multi-faith discussion guide, focusing on four themes that are relevant to faith groups. We've also included text study for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities to explore how these traditions discuss individual and community responsibility. Read more...

 

Recent Blog Posts

Why Do They Hate Us? On the Orlando Tragedy

Hate is by definition not a reasonable, rational thing. Yet it is a powerful motivator that causes untold suffering for so many people who are regarded as “other,” as marginal. In the case of the Orlando massacre at a gay bar, the hatred is about homophobia. Make no mistake: laws that seek to intentionally perpetuate discriminate against LGBT people, churches that continue to deny us acceptance as full members, individuals who deny us services in public commerce and defend their right to do so with religious arguments— all of these contribute to a culture in this country that accepts discrimination and homophobia against us and opens the door to individual acts of hatred and violence.

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The Courage of Survivors: The Stanford Rape Case

The Board and Staff of FaithTrust Institute want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the outstanding responses we’ve read to the rape case at Stanford over the last few days. The media attention has been extraordinary, as have the comments and reflection on social media. Perhaps it's because of the powerful statement read by the survivor in court, which she addressed directly to the perpetrator, Brock Turner. (Note: If you haven’t already read this, be mindful that it is painful, powerful, and graphic. It may be difficult to read.) Or perhaps it was because the perpetrator was a college athlete from a prestigious university. Or maybe it was the blind entitlement and callousness of the letter written by the perpetrator’s father, which stood in stark contrast to the heart-wrenching pain expressed in the letter that the victim of this crime read in court.

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Ramadan For All: We Are In This Together

Ramadan is almost here. It begins on June 6. This holy month is a time for Muslims to fast during the daylight, focus on prayer, generosity, compassion, and family. It is a special time set aside from normal daily life. Meditation, prayer and reflection take a central role in the day, while the fasting focuses the mind (and the body) on a personal sacrifice for faith. It is a beautiful holiday. You have certainly heard the hate-filled rhetoric that permeates our airwaves these days. It began on September 11, 2001 and has waxed and waned ever since. Now it has reached the presidential campaigns. We have a candidate who is inflaming hate and violence against Muslims and threatening to prevent all Muslims from entering the U.S. Of course, the U.S. is not alone in this. The response in Europe is just as shameful, with many countries struggling with the challenges of thousands of refugees leaving the war-torn Middle East.

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