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Black Press USA Speaks with Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis on Rape in the Black Community

Black Press USA Speaks with Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis on Rape in the Black Community

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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".

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JUST RELEASED: 26th Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities

JUST RELEASED: 26th Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities

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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.

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National Council of Catholic Women Offers Resource for Addressing Domestic Violence

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National Council of Catholic Women has developed a Catholic-oriented domestic abuse prevention resource guide, available online.

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College Football, Free Speech, and Public Discourse About Rape

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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.

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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...

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In Memoriam: Patricia "Patti" Bland

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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.

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Julie Owens Featured in Charlotte Magazine

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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.

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Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune Guest Blogs for Seattle University's Faith and Family Homelessness Program

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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.

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Joshu Sasaki Roshi Dies at 107

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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.

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Farewell Tillie Black Bear

Farewell Tillie Black Bear

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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.

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Recent Study of Protestant Pastors Reflects Progress on Sexual and Domestic Violence

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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.

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Join Us! June 25 for a United Methodist Women sponsored webinar

Join Us! June 25 for a United Methodist Women sponsored webinar

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.

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Marie Fortune, Recipient of Honorary Degree at Eden Theological Seminary

Marie Fortune, Recipient of Honorary Degree at Eden Theological Seminary

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.

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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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