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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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Network: Annual BISC-MI Conference (Nov 20-22)

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The annual international Battering Intervention Conference is taking place in Ann Arbor on November 20-22.

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Network: 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice

Network: 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice

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Our friend Elena Giacci will be presenting at the 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Her presentation, Effectively Working With Indigenous/Native Communities: Exploring the Connection Between Historical, Inter-generational and Current Trauma on Population Health and Recovery will take place on September 10, 2019.

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VAWA Reauthorization NOW!

VAWA Reauthorization NOW!

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The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as part of the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence, is offering a toolkit for demanding the US Senate take up the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, on April 4, 2019. For the past four months, the bill, which requires Senate approval to be enacted, has been sitting with no advancement for a vote in the Senate. This toolkit provides information and strategies for contacting your Senators to urge them to insist that the Senate pass H.R. 1585. The Congress is currently in recess in August, which makes this the perfect time to contact your Senators.

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Safe & Healthy Churches Training

Safe & Healthy Churches Training

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The Safe & Healthy Churches Training will take place in Norfolk, VA on September 27-28, 2019. This groundbreaking training infuses faith communities with the tools and knowledge they need to address domestic violence, child abuse and other forms of relationship violence. Registration is now open!

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Call for Abstracts: Crisis and Challenge in the Roman Catholic Church

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Please consider joining a new book project: Crisis and Challenge in the Roman Catholic Church: Perspectives on Decline and Reformation Edited by Debra Meyers and Mary Sue Barnett. This edited volume explores the historical, theological, and ethical dimensions of the current issues threatening the two thousand-year-old Catholic Church.

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#ChurchToo: Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

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Ten Denominations Respond to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s Invitation to Engage #ChurchToo Movement

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COMPASS Award Given to Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune

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The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan presented Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune with the Ed Gondolf COMPASS Award, which "recognizes and honors those who have significantly guided and expanded efforts to protect survivors through advancing and evaluating accountable perpetrator intervention research and programming."

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 International Declaration to End Sexual Violence. Sign on!

International Declaration to End Sexual Violence. Sign on!

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The Parliament of World Religions' Women's Task Force has launched an International Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to End Sexual Violence. Sign on!

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Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, Colleague and Sister in Faith

Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, Colleague and Sister in Faith

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FaithTrust Institute mourns the death of Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon. We have lost a colleague and sister in faith whose contributions are now foundational to theological inquiry. Cannon insisted that that academic pursuit of theological studies must always be grounded in the real lives of women and people of color. In doing so she taught us new ways to do theology. Her work and her leadership were great gifts to the church and the beloved community leading us to manifest liberation and justice. She will be greatly missed by many.

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Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy

Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy

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300 priests. Thousands of children. A powerful institution. Decades of harm and betrayal. It’s been almost twenty years since the first public acknowledgement of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the United States. In the years that followed, we’ve seen similar stories come to light from all around the world. We are grateful for the painful work of the members of the Grand Jury. The two years they spent working on this investigation has shaken the faith community to its core, but it has also vindicated the thousands of victims who have been silenced, ignored, and left to suffer with deep wounds—psychological, physical, as well as spiritual.

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Network: Seattle University 9th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium (Sept 7-8)

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A collaborative symposium promoting critical and innovative thinking for prosecution, law enforcement, civil and family law attorneys, advocates, judges, law students, social workers and child welfare professionals, corrections, mental health/healthcare professionals and others responding to survivors of gender-based/domestic violence.

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Network: Annual BISC-MI Conference (Nov 14-16)

Network: Annual BISC-MI Conference (Nov 14-16)

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A Groundbreaking International Conference to explore and examine the impact of religion/faith/spirituality on battering intervention practice and programs! The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) 2018 Annual Conference is entitled, Religion, Faith, Spirituality, Science & Research: Engaging for Safety and Accountability.

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June 27 Webinar: Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith

June 27 Webinar: Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith

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Join us on Wednesday, June 27 for Questions You Asked: Further Conversations on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith—a FREE webinar expanding the conversation on specific ways we can work together to change cultures of violence in our homes, our places of worship, and our communities. June 27, 11 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Time/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time

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Network: June 6 WATERtalk

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Network: Women Are Sacred Conference (June 26-28)

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC) will be hosting the Women Are Sacred (WAS) Conference at the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque on June 26-28, 2018.

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Update: June 5 Webinar with Rev. Kathy Reid

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Register now for Consent Conversations: A Key to Healthy Relationships, a free online webinar. Rev. Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center, will lead an online discussion about consent conversations with kids and teens. Using the concept of consent to help young people discern how to talk about all aspects of relationships--including sexuality--is a way to open conversations about healthy, respectful relationships.

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Bettie Williams-Watson Honored by King County

Bettie Williams-Watson Honored by King County

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Bettie Williams-Watson, our dear friend and colleague, has been honored with the Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service Award from the King County Council in recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of victims and survivors.

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May 22: Uncovering the Roots of Violence Webinar

May 22: Uncovering the Roots of Violence Webinar

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Please join us on May 22 for a free webinar "Uncovering the Roots of Violence: New Perspectives on Domestic Violence, Social Justice, and Faith."

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April 11 #ChurchToo Online Conversation

April 11 #ChurchToo Online Conversation

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Join us for a live online conversation about the impact of the #ChurchToo movement on faith communities. How can we use this movement to create safer, more transparent spiritual communities?

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April 17: Trauma Stewardship Book Discussion

April 17: Trauma Stewardship Book Discussion

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Join us on April 17 for the latest Meaningful Voices Book Club discussion of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

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