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Upcoming Training

Healthy Boundaries for Ministry 101 Online Course

Sep 15, 2014 to Oct 17, 2014

Taught by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, this comprehensive 5-week online course with FaithTrust Institute and the Center for Progressive Renewal will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. Read more...

Safe & Healthy Congregations Training: Ending Family Violence - Seattle, WA (near SeaTac)

Oct 17, 2014 to Oct 18, 2014

This two-day training is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Read more...

Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 - Seattle, WA

Oct 20, 2014 to Oct 22, 2014

This course focuses on "prevention" and will equip trainers to teach Healthy Boundaries 101 Fundamentals & 201 Beyond Basics. The course is designed for those who are designated by their judicatory or organization to train clergy and spiritual teachers about healthy boundaries. Whether new or experienced to this training assignment, participants in the course will deepen their own understanding of the issues, explore new challenges, and expand their options for training others. Read more...

What's New

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune Guest Blogs for Seattle University's Faith and Family Homelessness Program

The blog post, "Want to End Homelessness? Then We Need to Address Domestic Violence," addresses the need to understand domestic violence as a root cause of homelessness, and therefore an essential issue to be confronted by faith communities working to end injustice. Read more...

Joshu Sasaki Roshi Dies at 107

Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a leading figure in Zen Buddhism in America whose legacy was later complicated by allegations of sexual abuse, has died. He was 107. Read more...

Farewell Tillie Black Bear

FaithTrust Institute joins others in mourning the loss of Tillie Black Bear, an inspiring and important person in the work to end domestic violence. Tillie was an honored and loved leader in the battered women's movement. She was a founding mother of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), and a founder of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Tillie was the first woman of color to chair the NCADV. Read more...

Recent Study of Protestant Pastors Reflects Progress on Sexual and Domestic Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--A recent study of Protestant pastors in the United States reflects increased awareness about sexual and domestic violence and the resources available to address these abuses, yet emphasizes the need for further education on how best to respond to cases of abuse among congregants. Read more...


Recent Blog Posts

The Message or the Messenger: A Question of Legacy

The recent death of Joshu Sasaki Roshi and the publication of an extensive article on John Howard Yoder raise once again the contradiction of beneficial teachings and abusive teachers. What legacies do these prominent faith leaders leave?



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. “The child testified during deposition that [the priest’s] advice to her was to handle the issue herself because ‘too many people would be hurt.’ Court documents also say she testified, ‘He just said, this is your problem. Sweep it under the floor.’"



Dear Pat Robertson: Please, Please Retire

I realize it may be a waste of time to even comment on your uninformed “advice” which you continue to dole out without reservation. But some days I just can’t let it go without comment because there are still people out there who listen to you. Your latest opinion offers an opportunity to clarify once again how a faith leader or friend can help a battered woman, and how an uninformed response risks perpetuating a violent, dangerous situation.


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