Oct 11, 2016 to Oct 12, 2016
Atlanta, GA- 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...
The "Safe and Healthy Churches: Ending Family Violence" Training, on October 15, 2016 focuses on educating a team within individual church communities to create a core leadership with a shared mission of preventing violence, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable. The 2016 training is gathering churches from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Read more...
FaithTrust Institute Offers a Multi-Faith Discussion Guide for SPOTLIGHT: The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the impact of child sexual abuse, and also address the steps that we can take to ensure safe communities for children and others who are vulnerable. Read more...
Recent Blog Posts
I recently preached at my home church on the issue of justice for survivors of sexual or domestic violence. During my sermon, a member of the congregation got up and left. Obviously I didn’t know why. I called and emailed the next day just to check in. Her first response was that the sermon triggered some very old memories and she just needed to leave. But the next day, she emailed and said that really what happened was that “you are the first person I have ever heard exhibit understanding and compassion for people who have had these experiences.”
I’m probably not alone in feeling the need for some good news, so I'm happy to share this: In a welcome development, three groups of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis have issued a proclamation addressing child sexual abuse. Over 300 rabbis from the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America and Yeshiva University have signed the proclamation which outlines in detail their response to the suicides of members of the Orthodox community who were victims of child sexual abuse.
When national Protestant denominations meet, there is a lot of necessary but mundane business that goes on. But sometimes something very important occurs and it should be noted. This summer, I've received updates from two denominations that are explicitly addressing abuse by clergy at their national gatherings: The Presbyterian Church USA and the Unitarian Universalists.