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USA Today: Churches Confront Sexual Violence

USA Today: Churches Confront Sexual Violence

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USA Today: It's a scourge as old as the ages, yet sexual violence against women and children is fresh in the headlines as President Obama launches an initiative to address sexual assaults on college campuses, while the military tries to fix its own problem and newly released documents shed galling light on the Catholic Church's pattern of abuse and coverup in the Chicago diocese.

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Rev. Al Miles Delivers Sermon on Domestic Violence

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Rev. Al Miles, Guest Preacher at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, delivered a sermon on October 27, 2013 called "Responding to Domestic Violence: A Call to Christian Leaders and Laity" on Ephesians 5:21-33. Rev. Al Miles is the author of Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships and Domestic Violence What Every Pastor Needs to Know. Rev. Miles coordinates Pacific Health Ministry at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Navy Chaplain Corps Hones its Pastoral Care Capabilities in Cases of Military Sexual Assault

Navy Chaplain Corps Hones its Pastoral Care Capabilities in Cases of Military Sexual Assault

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy chaplains and religious program specialists met with Chaplain Corps leadership for a professional development training course validation at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Oct. 29-31. The training, hosted by the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, focused on pastoral care for sexual assault victims with a particular emphasis on confidentiality and the role chaplains play in the healing and recovery process.

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Child Friendly Faith Project Conference Nov 8 in Austin

Child Friendly Faith Project Conference Nov 8 in Austin

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The Child Friendly Faith Project announces Conference November 8 in Austin, TX. Click for more information about speakers, topics, and location.

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FaithTrust Institute Announces 2014 Navy Chaplaincy Training Contract

FaithTrust Institute Announces 2014 Navy Chaplaincy Training Contract

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FaithTrust Institute today announced a 2014 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC) through General Dynamics Information Technology. The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Pastoral Care in Cases of Sexual Assault.”

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Rabbi Lisa Gelber on Human Trafficking

Rabbi Lisa Gelber on Human Trafficking

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Rabbi Gelber writes for American Jewish World Service using the opening phrase of Parashat Re'eh - "Re'eh - See, I place before you this day a blessing and a curse" - to address the issue of trafficking.

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Go in Peace. Not Silence.

Go in Peace. Not Silence.

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Waltrina Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation for the United Church of Christ, offers this reflection on violence after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. "A jury has indeed made its decision...Now we must speak. We must pray. We must act. We have been implored to come for the sake of our children and we must go...Go in peace, but go."

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Faith Leaders Against Christian Domestic Discipline

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A statement from faith leaders in opposition to violent behaviors masked by religious language, as exemplified by Christian Domestic Discipline. Show your support by signing on to the statement. Let's stand together to end violence in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our faith communities.

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FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference

FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference

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FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).

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Intimate Partner Violence: Current Resources

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A selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV) within the home and community. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, employers, and advocates can use this list to learn more about IPV; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

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WEBINAR: Sexual Assault in the Military: The Role of the Chaplain

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Join us 6/20/13 - Recent news coverage of high profile cases of military sexual assault have highlighted both the dysfunction of reporting mechanisms within the institution and the sheer number of assaults that take place each year. In this one-hour webinar, Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, along with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, will explore the dynamics of sexual assault within the context of the military, with a particular focus on the role of military chaplains.

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Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence

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5/28/13 Originally posted on Sojourners Magazine website | IN 2002, Anne Barrett Doyle’s church involvement took a radical turn. The Boston Globe had just launched a series investigating rampant abuse among clergy in Boston’s Archdiocese, and the Catholic woman found herself protesting something for the first time in her life: her own Church. “I was just pulled into this story, inextricably, with a force I didn’t understand,” Boston-based Barrett Doyle said.

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May 22 Teleconference with Marie M. Fortune, Jeanette Stokes, Mary E. Hunt, Diann L. Neu

May 22 Teleconference with Marie M. Fortune, Jeanette Stokes, Mary E. Hunt, Diann L. Neu

"A Century of Creative Feminist Leadership in Religion" Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1 pm – 2 pm EDT Join in the conversation that is sure to be lively—with tales of shared history, common concerns, and that spark that makes entrepreneurs create and sustain their efforts!

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Upcoming Conference: National DV Fatality Review Initiative

Upcoming Conference: National DV Fatality Review Initiative

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The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative is presenting Global Possibilities, scheduled May 19 –21 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Phoenix, AZ. The conference features some of the leading national experts in the field of domestic violence and fatality review.

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Live Updates from the United Nations

Live Updates from the United Nations

FaithTrust Institute will be presenting at several parallel events for the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 4-15, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to read our updates throughout the week.

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"I Believe You" and the Importance of VAWA Reauthorization

"I Believe You" and the Importance of VAWA Reauthorization

The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act last week, but its future remains in limbo in the House of Representatives due to political disputes. The act highlights the problems many women face. During their lifetime, one out of every four women will experience violence from an intimate partner. "I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence" follows the stories of women and how their faith helped them into a better life.

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One Billion Rising - Feb 14 Webinar Discussion for V-Day Movement

One Billion Rising - Feb 14 Webinar Discussion for V-Day Movement

Keep Rising: 4 Visionaries Share their Inspiration to Persist In light of several recent, heinous incidents of violence against young women, specifically the Steubenville gang rape and the attach in New Delhi, among many others, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence offers this free webinar on how to stay motivates and steadfast to do this work in the face of opposition, apathy, and continued acts of dehumanizing violence that often go unpunished.

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Breaking News! Violence Against Women Act reintroduced

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On January 22, 2013, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Michael Crapo introduced S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)! We need you to take action TODAY by contacting your Senators and urge them to co-sponsor S. 47.

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Passing of Beverly Wildung Harrison

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FaithTrust Institute joins many friends and colleagues in mourning the passing of Beverly Wildung Harrison, regarded by many as “the mother of Christian feminist ethics." Her voice for social justice in reproductive rights, human sexuality and economics was a major contribution to Christian conversation and action in the late 20th century.

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