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Go in Peace. Not Silence.
Waltrina Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation for the United Church of Christ, offers this reflection on violence after the ...
I Am Not Worried
Ramadan began on July 8. It is a month of fasting, prayer and study of the Quran with an emphasis on self-sacrifice for Muslims around the world. Malala ...
Standing Our Ground for Justice
The tragedy of the killing of Trayvon Martin could have been averted if George Zimmerman had walked away after alerting the police to someone he thought was ...
Survival
A poem by Marie Fortune
Happy Father's Day Revisited
This year as we approach Father’s Day, I remember my father. He passed away on May 12 after a short illness. He was 97 years old. He was a small business ...
“My Heart Is So Sore . . .” - Part 2
On a hill in Johannesburg is the Constitutional Court, the home of South Africa's highest court. This site was previously a prison complex that held politcal ...
Robben Island
Three hundred people boarded the ferry in Cape Town for the half-hour ride to Robben Island on Saturday afternoon. The sun was bright and flashing on the ...
Edmonds, WA — Benefit Program and Dinner for Women for Women International
Carolyn Scott Brown, Director of Learning and Resources, will speak on violence against women in countries at war - Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, ...
National Research Study of Women Survivors of Clergy Misconduct
Opportunity to Participate: Baylor University, in collaboration with Hope of Survivors and the Grant Me the Wisdom Foundation, has launched a research study on ...
“Marriage Is Sacred”
A few years back there was a news article in California about the prosecution of a husband for marital rape of his wife. The wife had locked herself in the ...
Time to Step Up to the Plate
This is the letter sent to the Seattle University community following the announcement in the press of a settlement of $166 million with over 500 survivors of ...
A Tale of the Usual and the Unusual
The story of Mohammad Abdullah Saleem of Elgin, IL, is not unlike that of a Catholic priest, a Protestant pastor, a Jewish rabbi, or a Buddhist teacher who has ...
Spring Break {File Under: Things We Tend To Take For Granted}
In the northern hemisphere, this is the season of spring. Each year I try to spend a week in the Smokey Mountains because spring here is an event that unfolds ...
Dear Pope: It's Me Again
Dear Pope: It’s been a while since I wrote to you. Like many people around the world, I’ve been watching your tenure closely, particularly regarding the ...
Move to End Violence: Working to Create a Powerful Engine for Social Change
Rev. M.L. Daniel, Program Manager of FaithTrust Institute, was selected to participate in the prestigious Novo Foundation's Move to End Violence Program. This ...
Finally, Some Justice Made
Good news is hard to come by in the work to address sexual and domestic violence. But last week was a pretty good week.
A Celebration and an Update
This month, there was a celebration in Malicounda Bambara, Senegal, of the 10th anniversary of the village’s public declaration to abandon female genital ...
A Measure of Justice for Survivors in Australia
In Queensland, Australia, the government has formally made restitution to individuals and families who suffered abuse as children in government- and ...
Where Are These Men? Part 2
The Fathers’ Day Poll released by the Family Violence Prevention Fund that I discussed in last week’s blog suggests that the majority of men are aware and ...
“We Have to Talk about the War. Everyday.”
The news from Iraq is everyday the same. Suicide bombers, “insurgents,” “terrorists,” Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, casualties and millions of dollars. The ...
Some Christian Leaders Oppose Condemning Hate Crimes
This is one of those headlines I never thought I’d see. The Hate Crimes Bill just approved by the House of Representatives adds gender, sexual orientation, ...
Don Imus' Privilege: Violence Against Women of Color
Violence against women takes many forms. Radio personality Don Imus made his contribution last week when he referred to the mostly African American Rutgers ...
Custom of Female Genital Cutting Is No More
The 2,000-year-old, nearly universal practice of female genital cutting (FGC) in Guinea, West Africa, has been abandoned by the village of Lalya and 149 other ...
Do Any Sacred Texts Excuse Wifebeating?
In only the most recent report of Western “cultural sensitivity,” a judge in Germany cited the Quran as she turned down a battered Muslim woman’s request for a ...
Do We Know Domestic Violence When We See It?
Sadly, last week was a busy week for nationally publicized domestic violence fatalities. Sensational headlines informed us about a plane intentionally crashed ...
Pope’s Preacher Urges Repentance for Clergy Sexual Abuse
The Pope has his own preacher, Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa, who, in a recent sermon, underscored the “abomination” of the sexual abuse of children by Roman ...
Safe and Sound Sanctuaries for Teens
“Involvement in a faith-based institution does not protect teens against unwanted sexual experiences.” This was the conclusion of a study done in 2003 ...
Remembering Jewish Songwriter and Singer Debbie Friedman
Debbie Friedman, remarkable Jewish songwriter and singer, has died. Debbie wrote “Save A Life,” the theme of FaithTrust Institute’s DVD on domestic violence in ...
Missing the Point...Entirely
A 14 year old child goes to her priest and tells him that an adult parishioner has been initiating sexual contact with her. She asks the priest what she should ...
"Do Not Make Any Statements . . ."
This is the advice given by many insurance companies to clients who are churches or religious organizations when faced with a disclosure of abuse by one of ...