About the Author: Chaplain Susan J. Katz, MA, Spiritual Health Practitioner, Musician
Susan is a hospital Chaplain providing secular as well as faith-based services to people of all genders and abilities. She has served in care homes, correctional facilities, urban health and addictions treatment centres in both the United States and Canada. Susan lives in Vancouver, Canada, and is a Professional Member of the Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, and an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Susan’s writing and music can be found on her Web/Blog: The Compassionate Oboe
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Our Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 and 201 "Train the Trainer" course will be held in Dallas, TX in the first week of May. More information to come after the first of the year.
FaithTrust Institute is delighted to share the news that our colleague Rabbi Cindy Enger has been named Director of Rabbinic Placement with Central Conference of American Rabbis, making her one of the highest ranking women rabbis in the Jewish Reform Movement. Rabbi Enger worked as the Director of Jewish Programs for FaithTrust Institute and edited and co-authored many of our resources for the Jewish community
At this year's White House Hanukkah celebration, President Obama spoke of the need to see those who are not like us and recognize their dignity, not just those who are similar to us. His words call to mind Jewish tradition's foundational belief that we are created b'tzelem elohim, in the image of the Divine. From the outset, there is something godly, perhaps otherworldly within us. When we look into the eyes of another, it should be like seeing the face of God.
Our final 2016 webinar is scheduled for December 21. Join us for this free, hour-long training on working with lesbian and bisexual women who abuse their partners.
As of November 1, 2016 the FaithTrust Institute office will be located at 2414 SW Andover St, Suite D208, Seattle, WA 98106. Phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton filmed a video to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She calls upon Lutherans to spread awareness about gender-based violence and the need to prevent it.
On yesterday, we lost a woman of faith, a courageous warrior, mother, grandmother (Big Mama), advocate, friend, trailblazer, leader, and visionary. She had big dreams and the ability to convince others to dream big with her, as she pursued her passion of helping others.
More than 500 faith leaders and organizations have signed a letter asking Congress to close the loopholes that allow abusers to own guns, endangering the lives of domestic violence and stalking victims. ON MAY 18th, JOIN OUR NATIONAL FAITH CALL-IN DAY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GUNS, AND TELL CONGRESS THAT IT’S TIME TO ACT ON LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ALL WOMEN FROM GUN VIOLENCE AT THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS ABUSERS.
For our summer Meaningful Voices Online Book Club, we've selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, 2012).
Our next Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 class is tentatively scheduled during the week of October 10 in Atlanta, GA. The course is an in-person training created for those who are designated by their judicatory or organization to train clergy and spiritual teachers about healthy boundaries.
The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The Feast of Freedom’ because of its many interwoven foundational stories of liberation from abuse and oppression.
We offer an excerpt from Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune's essay "The Transformation of Suffering." as a meditation for Easter. "For the Christian, the theology of the cross and the resurrection provides insight into the meaning and suffering, and transformation. God did not send Jesus to the cross as a test of his faith, as punishment for his sins, or to build his character. The Romans crucified Jesus and made him a victim of overt and deadly anti-Semitic violence. It was a devastating experience for Jesus’ followers who watched him murdered. They were overwhelmed by fear, despair and meaninglessness. They left the scene of the crucifixion feeling abandoned and betrayed by God. The resurrection and subsequent events were the surprising realization that in the midst of profound suffering, God is present and new life is possible.
Peaceful Families Project, an initiative of United Muslim Relief, is holding a National Imam's Domestic Violence Workshop on APRIL 16-17, 2016 in Alexandria, VA. The two-day workshop will be led by Imam Mohamed Magid and Salma Abuigideiri.
Join us for events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) sponsored by our friends and partners
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a contemporary master hymn writer, has written a hymn called "God of Love, We've Heard the Teaching" inspired by a FaithTrust Institute training in October that was sponsored by a grant from InFaith Community Foundation.
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.
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.
The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth featured FaithTrust Institute and our sister organization, Peaceful Families Project, in an article about connecting with faith communities to better serve victims of domestic violence.
UNCOVERED: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax is our March online book choice! Join us on March 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET.
In a well-known poem, the writer Madeleine L’Engle describes Advent as “the irrational season/when love blooms bright and wild.” I love this idea. It flies in the face of “the reason for the season” that often obscures the deeper meanings of these dark, cold, silent nights. The crankiness that descends upon me when the gauntlet that is the holidays begins is not irrational. It arrives on Black Friday, that monument to greed and the good deal the day after Thanksgiving. It is more than the commercialism (although that is horrific), the marketing ploys to start holiday sales in July or to garner social credit by not being open on Thanksgiving. Nor the images of shoppers duking it out over mammoth toys. No. The hoopla that surrounds these not-so-holy days reanimates powerful myths of perfection. Perfect family, perfect home, perfect tradition. If I am not mindful and diligent, the holidays, or rather my anticipation of the holidays, puts me, a survivor of violence, into an entirely rational horror film frame of mind.