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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The Mennonite Quarterly Review will devote its January 2015 issue to the topic of sexual abuse within the Mennonite Church, with a focus on the events surrounding John Howard Yoder. The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Board released this statement: "As an AMBS Board, we lament the terrible abuse many women suffered from John Howard Yoder. We also lament that there has not been transparency about how the seminary’s leadership responded at that time or any institutional public acknowledgement of regret for what went so horribly wrong...
FaithTrust Institute joins our friends around the country in mourning the passing of Patti Bland, who worked tirelessly on behalf of women and children impacted by domestic violence and chemical dependency.
One of FaithTrust Institute's favorite people has been featured in Charlotte Magazine for the work she's doing to protect domestic violence survivors and educate faith communities. Julie was featured in our video "Broken Vows," which remains an important cornerstone in our trainings and workshops. In October, Julie will lead FaithTrust Institute workshops for United Methodist Women as part of their Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us June 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. pacific time for a free webinar - Cultural Competency: Why Faith is Fundamental. Cultural competency is vital for effective intervention in addressing domestic violence. An understanding of religious issues as they intersect with culture and ethnicity is equally vital. We need an understanding of why we cannot ignore culture, ethnicity or faith in the experience of victims or perpetrators of abuse.
An honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was presented to Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune by Eden Theological Seminary on May 16, 2014 during the commencement services at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Louis.
USA Today: It's a scourge as old as the ages, yet sexual violence against women and children is fresh in the headlines as President Obama launches an initiative to address sexual assaults on college campuses, while the military tries to fix its own problem and newly released documents shed galling light on the Catholic Church's pattern of abuse and coverup in the Chicago diocese.
Rev. Al Miles, Guest Preacher at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, delivered a sermon on October 27, 2013 called "Responding to Domestic Violence: A Call to Christian Leaders and Laity" on Ephesians 5:21-33. Rev. Al Miles is the author of Ending Violence in Teen Dating Relationships and Domestic Violence What Every Pastor Needs to Know. Rev. Miles coordinates Pacific Health Ministry at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy chaplains and religious program specialists met with Chaplain Corps leadership for a professional development training course validation at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Oct. 29-31. The training, hosted by the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, focused on pastoral care for sexual assault victims with a particular emphasis on confidentiality and the role chaplains play in the healing and recovery process.
The Child Friendly Faith Project announces Conference November 8 in Austin, TX. Click for more information about speakers, topics, and location.
FaithTrust Institute today announced a 2014 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC) through General Dynamics Information Technology. The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Pastoral Care in Cases of Sexual Assault.”
Rabbi Gelber writes for American Jewish World Service using the opening phrase of Parashat Re'eh - "Re'eh - See, I place before you this day a blessing and a curse" - to address the issue of trafficking.
Waltrina Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation for the United Church of Christ, offers this reflection on violence after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. "A jury has indeed made its decision...Now we must speak. We must pray. We must act. We have been implored to come for the sake of our children and we must go...Go in peace, but go."
A statement from faith leaders in opposition to violent behaviors masked by religious language, as exemplified by Christian Domestic Discipline. Show your support by signing on to the statement. Let's stand together to end violence in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our faith communities.
FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA).
A selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV) within the home and community. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, employers, and advocates can use this list to learn more about IPV; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.
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 the institution and the sheer number of assaults that take place each year. In this one-hour webinar, Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, along with Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, will explore the dynamics of sexual assault within the context of the military, with a particular focus on the role of military chaplains.