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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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May 30 Webinar: Understanding Victims of Clergy Abuse

May 30 Webinar: Understanding Victims of Clergy Abuse

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With our partner, Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, FaithTrust Institute is presenting a free webinar to discuss the specific needs of victims of clergy abuse. Presenter: Rev. Dr. Sarah Rieth The webinar will take place online on May 30 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET.

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Rev. Dr. Fortune at University of the Incarnate Word

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Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune was invited by University of the Incarnate Word's National Endowment for the Humanities Trauma Grant Cohort to offer a keynote addresss on May 1, 2017 titled, "What’s Wrong with Rape: Institutional, Personal, and Theological Reflections".

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Mary E. Hunt Honored by Harvard Divinity School

Mary E. Hunt Honored by Harvard Divinity School

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Our friend and colleague, Dr. Mary E. Hunt, has been recognized as one of six recipients of the annual Peter J. Gomes Honors from Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Hunt is being recognized for her work in feminist and liberation theology, as well as for her impact on the Divinity School itself. Mary E. Hunt is the co-founder and co-director of Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER).

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Just Released: 30th Edition of the Clergy Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities

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The 30th Revised Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities is available now. 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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An Ode to Denise Starkey's Work

An Ode to Denise Starkey's Work

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Stephanie Arel recently wrote a wonderful blog post in Religion & Feminism titled, "Facing the Shame that Lingers: A. Denise Starkey and Michelle Obama Lead the Way."

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Upcoming Spring 2017 Training!

Upcoming Spring 2017 Training!

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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.

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Rabbi Cindy Enger Named New Director of Rabbinic Placement by Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Cindy Enger Named New Director of Rabbinic Placement by Central Conference of American Rabbis

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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

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Hanukkah Reflection: In the Image of the Divine

Hanukkah Reflection: In the Image of the Divine

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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.

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Join Us for the Last Webinar of 2016

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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.

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We Moved!

We Moved!

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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.

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ELCA Bishop Eaton Recognizes DVAM

ELCA Bishop Eaton Recognizes DVAM

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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.

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In Memory of Diane Smalley: A Courageous Leader

In Memory of Diane Smalley: A Courageous Leader

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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.

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#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)

#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)

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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.

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Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House

Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House

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

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Tentative Dates for Fall, 2016 Teaching Healthy Boundaries Course

Tentative Dates for Fall, 2016 Teaching Healthy Boundaries Course

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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.

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Reflection: Shiphrah and Puah, the Two Midwives of Passover Faith and Freedom

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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.

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Easter Reflection: "The Transformation of Suffering"

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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.

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National Imam Training on Domestic Violence

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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.

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UN Commission on the Status of Women 60

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Join us for events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) sponsored by our friends and partners

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Hymn for Ending Intimate Partner Violence

Hymn for Ending Intimate Partner Violence

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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.

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