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Upcoming Training

April 2018 Teaching Healthy Boundaries

Apr 24, 2018 to Apr 25, 2018

DATES: April 24-25, 2018 LOCATION: Nashville, TN. 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. Read more...

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FaithTrust Institute Launches 2018 Navy Chaplaincy Training

FaithTrust Institute has launched the 2018 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC). The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Strategy for the Delivery of Religious Ministry to ‘Nones,’ Dones,’ and Millennials.” Read more...

Bettie Williams-Watson Recognized for 30+ Years of Advocacy

Bettie Williams-Watson will be honored with the 2018 Ginny NiCarthy Award for Excellence in Advocacy on January 11th from the King County Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence for her 33 plus years of working to address and end domestic and sexual violence in predominantly African American faith communities. Read more...

 

Recent Blog Posts

No More "Me, Too's" {Part 2}

At the recent Golden Globe Awards, the Cecile B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement was received by Oprah Winfrey. In her response, Oprah “preached.” And I mean she really preached! In her remarks, she called forth Recy Taylor, a young wife and mother on her way home from church who was kidnapped in 1944 in Alabama by 6 white men. Taylor was gang raped and left by the side of the road. She reported to the police who, even in the face of confessions from several of the men, never indicted anyone. She went to the NAACP for help and her case was assigned to an advocate, Rosa Parks. The NAACP proceeded to organize a national campaign in support of Mrs. Taylor to no avail.

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That Was Then; This Is Now {Part 1}

No. This excuse for sexual harassment, abuse, and assault simply won’t fly, although it is being used on a number of fronts by powerful men who have finally been called out on their “misbehaviors” from the ‘70’s until today. The list of abusive men grows longer each day. Literally. I can’t keep up. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Roy Moore, et al. From Hollywood producers, actors, and directors, to politicians, to popular journalists and editors, to respected professors, to John Howard Yoder, the prominent 20thcentury Mennonite theologian, this generation of powerful men seem to take the “back in the day” approach: it was okay then, so why isn’t it still okay to sexually harass, abuse, and assault?

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Twenty-First Century Truth-Telling and the Reformation

This week is highlighted in many quarters by a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses which challenged the Roman Catholic Church. Mostly Luther denounced the corruption he saw in the church and the selling of indulgences, described by some as “get out of purgatory free cards.” But historically there is no argument that his protests in medieval German shifted the axis of The Church and signaled the split in Christianity that later became Protestantism.

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