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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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New Resource for Spiritual Leaders to Address Intimate Partner Violence

New Resource for Spiritual Leaders to Address Intimate Partner Violence

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Encouraging and Preparing Faith Leaders to Respond Odyssey Impact has created an important new resource for spiritual leaders called Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence. This program is a multimedia video resource collection showcasing intimate peer-to-peer conversations with exceptional faith leaders on issues of crisis and trauma to be used in classrooms curriculums, as congregational tools and for self learning.

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Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Webinar Series for Advocates

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Webinar Series for Advocates

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Safe Havens has scheduled a series of webinars to help advocates better support victims and survivors for diverse spiritual communities.

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2020 Newsletter

2020 Newsletter

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Read/download the FaithTrust Institute December, 2020 newsletter.

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Update to Clergy Sexual Assault Bibliography

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Rev. Jim Evinger has released an update to the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities. Now more than 1,800 pages, this is the 36th revision to the bibliography since it was created in 1995.

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Stranger/Sister: Limited Film Release

Stranger/Sister is the story of two ordinary women, one Muslim and one Jewish, who dare to believe they can join hands to stop the wave of hate. Overcoming a long history of distrust between their two religions, they build a movement that turns strangers into sisters, challenging our assumptions about how to fight hate in America. March 10: Live Town Hall to meet the directors and leaders who are involved in the movement to end hate violence and discrimination.

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Upcoming Webinar: Violence Within Families: A Trauma-Informed Faith Response

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On April 20 at 6 pm CT, Rev. Lydia Mulkey will present a webinar entitled "VIOLENCE WITHIN FAMILIES: A TRAUMA-INFORMED FAITH RESPONSE" for The Institute for Coordinated Community Response. Register for free!

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Giving Tuesday: December 1

Giving Tuesday: December 1

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Giving Tuesday is an international celebration of generosity, created to support the non-profit organizations that make the world better. This year, as the pandemic has impacted every aspect of our community, we ask that you make a donation to sustain FaithTrust Institute. We need you!

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Free Advocate Handbook: Faith and Intimate Partner Violence

Free Advocate Handbook: Faith and Intimate Partner Violence

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In recognition of DVAM, we are offering this FREE handbook that was created in collaboration with FCADV.

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In Memory of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

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FaithTrust Institute shares the sorrow of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott's friends and family at her passing. She was a great supporter of FaithTrust Institute's work. Virginia was a powerful scholar who pushed forward feminist studies of religion and was an advocate for justice and equality.

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DVAM Webinars: Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

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The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is offering a series of weekly webinars during October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This four-part series will discuss how racism and misogyny impact survivors’ ability to seek safety and justice. The webinars will be held each Wednesday at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET.

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Healthy Boundaries Scholarship Program for Buddhist Teachers

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Thanks to a grant from Hemera Foundation, FaithTrust Institute is able to offer needs-based scholarships to Buddhist teachers who would like to participate in the Buddhist Healthy Boundaries online classes.

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Sexual Abuse Claims: Boy Scouts of America

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Information for filing a claim against Boy Scouts of America. Deadline is November 16, 2020. Please share this information widely with anyone you know who has been involved with Boy Scouts

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Remembering Rev. Bob Owens

Remembering Rev. Bob Owens

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FaithTrust Institute celebrates the memory of Rev. Bob Owens, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and a voice for justice. Rev. Owens and his daughter Julie Owens shared their story in FaithTrust Institute's video Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Together, they helped educate a generation of spiritual leaders and advocates about the religious and spiritual needs of victims/survivors.

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In Memory of Carolyn Farrell, BVM

In Memory of Carolyn Farrell, BVM

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FaithTrust Institute joins our community in sadness at the passing of Carolyn Farrell, BVM on June 14, 2020. She was a dedicated activist for justice, and a tireless educator. As a Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she dedicated herself to women's empowerment within the Catholic church and the wider community. FaithTrust Institute was honored to have her as a member of our board of directors from 2009-2013. We are grateful to have been part of her inspiring life and work.

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E-Books: Healthy Boundaries 101 and 201 Workbooks

E-Books: Healthy Boundaries 101 and 201 Workbooks

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To help trainers and students during these days of social distancing, we're releasing our Healthy Boundaries 101 and 201 workbooks as ebooks.

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May 5 Tea Talk: Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune & Emily Cohen

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Our friends at WATER (women's alliance for theology, ethics, and ritual) are hosting a WATER Tea with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune and Emily Cohen to explore the various dimensions of sexual and domestic violence that are part of this difficult moment in our global history.

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May 5: #MMIWG Action Day

May 5: #MMIWG Action Day

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National Day of Awareness to Commemorate Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls - May 5th

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Elder Abuse During Covid-19

Elder Abuse During Covid-19

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FaithTrust Institute has joined other anti-violence organizations to call for increased awareness and prevention of elder abuse.

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Why Faith Matters: A Resource for Advocates and Allies

Why Faith Matters: A Resource for Advocates and Allies

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FaithTrust Institute is delighted to announce the publication of our newest resource. Why Faith Matters is a handbook for advocates and allies that highlights the significant role that religion and spirituality plays in the lives of survivors of sexual violence.

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Network: Feminist Liberation Theologians' Network at AAR

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The Feminist Liberation Theologians' Network Event at AAR in San Diego, CA will take place on Friday, November 22 from 4-6 pm.

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