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Each month we host free live webinars brought to you in part by our funding partners. Click below by topic/title to register for upcoming webinars. And be sure to check back as we add more titles. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for links to recorded webinars. Our program managers will be happy to speak with you about our programs or hosting a personalized web training for you or your staff. Please contact us at 206-634-1903.

To register, click the title of the webinar you wish to attend. You will be re-directed to the registration website.

May 11, 2016

11am-12pm PT

Faith and Culture: Addressing the Needs of Jewish Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

For more than a decade, Michelle Lifton led Project DVORA at Jewish Family Service of Seattle. She will share her insights into cultural and religious traditions that impact Jewish survivors of intimate partner violence, and how we as faith community members, allies and/or advocates can be a resource.

Presenter: Michelle Lifton

May 25, 2016

11am-12pm PT


Sponsored by:

United Methodist Women

Black Women, Violence, and the "Abuse to Prison" Pipeline

The rates of incarcerated women has increased 800% over the past three decades; two-thirds are jailed for non-violent offenses. Women in prison overwhelmingly have histories of severe physical abuse by an intimate partner during adulthood, and/or serious physical or sexual abuse as children. Dr. Ellis Davis will address the central role that racism plays in the criminal justice system, well as the intersections of individual violence, community violence, and state violence.

Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a retired Chicago Police Officer, where she worked in patrol, and as a Criminalist in the Crime Laboratory. She is a Board Certified Chaplain as well as an Affiliate Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.

June 1, 2016

11am-12pm PT


Sponsored by:
United Methodist Women

Reproductive Coercion and the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Faith Beliefs
(Part 2)

Women’s reproductive health and choices are an ongoing area of cultural and religious dispute. When the abusive use of power and control is extended into an intimate relationship, very often a woman’s ability to make choices about her body, her family, and her future are taken from her by an abuser. Toni Bond Leonard will discuss the complex intersection of reproductive coercion with religion.

Part 1 of this series explored the ways that reproductive and sexual coercions are strategies within the abusive dynamics of power and control. The two webinars are related in topic, but stand alone.

Presenter: Toni Bond Leonard, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

June 15, 2016

11am-12pm PT

Survivors' Faith Journeys: The Nomadic Spirituality of Home

“Spiritual homelessness” names the internal displacement that many abuse survivors experience. Survivors who turn to their religious traditions for support and healing often come to realize that the dominant metaphors and images of God, the languages of sin, and the explanations of suffering no longer fit. Refusing to accept the ideas that suffering is redemptive or is the will of God may be misunderstood by the faith community as rebellious or resistant. So survivors look elsewhere. They search. Reclaiming profound practices such as pilgrimage, and the metaphors of pilgrimage, offer a way to understand a survivor’s nomadic spiritual journey as a quest for a spiritual home after trauma, and a way to explore how God makes her home within us.

Presenter: Dr. Denise Starkey

July 7, 2016

11am-12pm PT

The Role of the Faith Community in Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse

Join Rev. Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center (Waco, TX), as she discusses the ways faith communities can support child victims and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in their healing. Faith leaders, health ministers, and trauma-informed congregations can “speak the unspoken” setting a precedent for prevention work, as well as addressing the impact that the childhood trauma of sexual abuse can have for adults, who frequently suffer physical, psychological and emotional impacts. An informed understanding of childhood sexual abuse is essential to work addressing many concurrent issues such as homelessness, addiction, suicide prevention, self-harm, and chronic health concerns.

Presenter: Rev. Kathy Reid, Family Abuse Center

August, 2016
Date TBA

11am-12pm PT

Creating a Trauma-Informed Faith Community

More info to come!

Presenter: Rev. Pat Simpson, University Temple, UMC

Sept. 15, 2016

11am-12pm PT

Pastoral Care Issues: Addressing the End-of-Life Needs of Survivors of Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Sarah Rieth

Thank you to InFaith Community Foundation for their sponsorship of webinars in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Many of these webinars are available as recordings. Visit our Recorded Webinar Training page for a complete list.

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