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.
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.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis spoke with Black Press USA about sexual assault, the Black community and the role of the church. Rev. Davis Ellis will present a webinar with FaithTrust Institute on March 25, 2015 called "Battered African American Women: An Examination of Gender Entrapment".
JUST RELEASED: 26th Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious CommunitiesFeb 18, 2015 — Categories: Current Events, Clergy Ethics, Clergy Ethics & Healthy Boundaries, Sexual Abuse by Clergy
This epic undertaking by James Evinger is an encompassing resource that includes non-fiction books, academic journals, law reviews, newspapers, websites, broadcast materials, etc. Over 1,300 pages in length, this is an invaluable resource for academics, as well as faith communities.
National Council of Catholic Women has developed a Catholic-oriented domestic abuse prevention resource guide, available online.
Allyson McKinney, former FaithTrust Institute intern, wrote an Op-Ed in USA Today entitled "Focus on How the Speech Affected Rape Victims, Not Sportsmanship" about the Oregon State University players chanting "No Means No" after their Rose Bowl victory.
The Mennonite Quarterly Review will devote its January 2015 issue to the topic of sexual abuse within the Mennonite Church, with a focus on the events surrounding John Howard Yoder. The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Board released this statement: "As an AMBS Board, we lament the terrible abuse many women suffered from John Howard Yoder. We also lament that there has not been transparency about how the seminary’s leadership responded at that time or any institutional public acknowledgement of regret for what went so horribly wrong...
FaithTrust Institute joins our friends around the country in mourning the passing of Patti Bland, who worked tirelessly on behalf of women and children impacted by domestic violence and chemical dependency.
One of FaithTrust Institute's favorite people has been featured in Charlotte Magazine for the work she's doing to protect domestic violence survivors and educate faith communities. Julie was featured in our video "Broken Vows," which remains an important cornerstone in our trainings and workshops. In October, Julie will lead FaithTrust Institute workshops for United Methodist Women as part of their Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.
The blog post, "Want to End Homelessness? Then We Need to Address Domestic Violence," addresses the need to understand domestic violence as a root cause of homelessness, and therefore an essential issue to be confronted by faith communities working to end injustice.
Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading figure in Zen Buddhism in America whose legacy was later complicated by allegations of sexual abuse, has died. He was 107.
FaithTrust Institute joins others in mourning the loss of Tillie Black Bear, an inspiring and important person in the work to end domestic violence. Tillie was an honored and loved leader in the battered women's movement. She was a founding mother of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), and a founder of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Tillie was the first woman of color to chair the NCADV.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--A recent study of Protestant pastors in the United States reflects increased awareness about sexual and domestic violence and the resources available to address these abuses, yet emphasizes the need for further education on how best to respond to cases of abuse among congregants.
Join us June 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. pacific time for a free webinar - Cultural Competency: Why Faith is Fundamental. Cultural competency is vital for effective intervention in addressing domestic violence. An understanding of religious issues as they intersect with culture and ethnicity is equally vital. We need an understanding of why we cannot ignore culture, ethnicity or faith in the experience of victims or perpetrators of abuse.
An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was presented to Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune by Eden Theological Seminary on May 16, 2014 during the commencement services at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Louis.
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.
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.
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.
The Child Friendly Faith Project announces Conference November 8 in Austin, TX. Click for more information about speakers, topics, and location.
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.”