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Rick Warren’s Teaching
Since Rick Warren was invited to give the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next week, he has been attracting some attention and scrutiny. Warren is ...
Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia Part 2
In my last blog, I took the position that the Georgia law that criminalizes all volunteer activities in a faith community by registered sex offenders is ...
Reflection: Shiphrah and Puah, the Two Midwives of Passover Faith and Freedom
The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The ...
Sex Offenders in Church in Georgia
The state of Georgia is trying to protect its children from sex offenders. To that end it passed legislation in 2006 (updated in 2008) that is viewed as the ...
International Declaration to End Sexual Violence. Sign on!
The Parliament of World Religions' Women's Task Force has launched an International Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to End Sexual Violence. Sign ...
Dear BYU: Rape is Not Pre-Marital Sex
Madi Barney, a student at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, reported being raped off campus to the Provo, Utah, police. She did not report it ...
Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Rape Culture: The 2016 Presidential Campaign
This is what Rape Culture looks like—Donald Trump’s “locker room” chat that was recorded and is now before us. I am not as offended by the lewdness of his ...
Living in Parched Places
I live in a parched place. In east Tennessee, it has only rained 3 times in the last 4 months. This relentless heat and drought are palpable every day. So also ...
Letter to a Helper
by Bettie Williams-Watson
WEBINAR: Sexual Assault in the Military: The Role of the Chaplain
Join us 6/20/13 - Recent news coverage of high profile cases of military sexual assault have highlighted both the dysfunction of reporting mechanisms within ...
Beyond Belief
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and has been observed each year since as a day to recognize women’s achievements as well as to lift up ...
Order More Millstones...
Brentwood Academy is an elite, non-denominational Christian, college prep school in a Nashville suburb. A civil lawsuit has been filed by a mother on behalf of ...
FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference
FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual ...
“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 ...
The Transformation of Suffering: A Biblical and Theological Perspective
by Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
Consent: Not Rocket Science—Really
What is it that people don’t understand about consent in sexual relationships? Evidently a lot, given the staggering numbers of rapes in the military, on ...
May 5 Tea Talk: Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune & Emily Cohen
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Forgiveness = “It’s Okay; Go Ahead and Rob Me”
A group of teenagers, when apprehended for home burglaries, were asked why they selected these particular homes. They replied, “Because we knew that Christians ...
“Don’t Forgive Us So Quickly!” Part 2
Twenty-seven incest offenders gave me this advice when I met with them during a session of their court-mandated treatment program. They were mostly Christians ...
No Sex Offenders in Church? Part I
“I’m a convicted sex offender and I would like to attend this church." At FaithTrust Institute, we are receiving weekly inquiries about this situation from ...
Another Party Heard from . . . Rev. Marie M. Fortune Has Things to Say
After 30 years, how about a blog? When I began my work in 1977, I didn't even have access to a copier. I wrote my first book on a typewriter. Remember those?
Chanukah Reflection 2010
by Rabbi Julie Schwartz
"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 ...
16 Days: From Peaceful Homes to a Peaceful World
“From Peaceful Homes to a Peaceful World” is the theme of 16 Days. Take a moment to reflect on where we would be if the vibrant, curious girls of the world had ...
Biden Commemorates Violence Against Women Act
Vice President Joe Biden Hosts 15th Anniversary Celebration
"Don’t Let the Light Go Out . . ."
Jews have just completed celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. And we all celebrate the passing of ...
It Looks Like a Duck, Walks Like a Duck...
It seems that we have a really difficult time in our culture calling rape “rape.” Plus we are inclined to give celebrities a free pass when it comes to sexual ...