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"Déjà vu All Over Again"
Another murder in a church; another domestic terror homicide. On Nov. 23, Joseph Pallipurath entered the St. Thomas Syarian Orthodox Kananaya Church in ...
Muslim/Arab/Terrorist?
I promised myself I wouldn’t discuss the election in my blog. This is not the place for partisan anything. But in this last week before the election, I do have ...
The Invisibility of Domestic Violence in Faith Communities
Last week, Charles Parsons murdered his wife during a couples’ counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church south of Seattle. He turned himself in and has ...
Apartheid: What a Concept?!
I am only just beginning to understand the historical reality of apartheid that was instituted in South Africa in 1948 and continued until 1994. Since only ...
Responding to Clergy Abuse of Children: Not Rocket Science, Part 2
Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn has been convicted of failure to report suspected child abuse; he is the first Bishop to be held accountable for shielding a ...
Intimate Partner Violence: Current Resources
A selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV) within the home and community. ...
"Christian Domestic Discipline" - Really?
Some days it’s embarrassing to be a Christian – and not in a good way. It’s those days when something like “Christian Domestic Discipline” is spread across the ...
Rabbi Lisa Gelber on Human Trafficking
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 ...
FaithTrust Institute Announces 2014 Navy Chaplaincy Training Contract
FaithTrust Institute today announced a 2014 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC) through General Dynamics Information Technology. ...
An Unnoticed Thread
Each day seems to bring another report of tragic gun violence. The latest three incidents: Sydney, Australia: Man Haron Monis held hostages in a Sydney ...
Who Needs to Confess? And What?
Actress Ashley Judd recently disclosed that she was sexually abused as a child; American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi recently disclosed that she was sexually ...
World Mourns the Loss of Domestic Violence Activist, Jenni Rivera
FaithTrust Institute joins the family, friends and fans in mourning the loss of domestic violence activist and NCADV Spokesperson, Jenni Rivera, who was killed ...
Boys to Men
A baseball game is a place where boys are socialized to become men. And in a world where men’s violence against women is rampant, it is worth considering as a ...
Dear Pat Robertson: Time to Retire
Dear Pat: It really is time for you to retire. In your latest display of complete ignorance you are embarrassing yourself.
UN Commission on the Status of Women 60
Join us for events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) sponsored by our friends and partners
Spotlight: A Movie Worth Discussing
FaithTrust Institute Offers a Multi-Faith Discussion Guide for SPOTLIGHT: The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the ...
“Another Hate Crime . . . with a Backstory”
On a Sunday in late July, Jim David Adkisson entered the Tennesse Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville and opened fire. He said he hated gays and ...
“My Heart Is So Sore . . .”
We sat together with the Religious Leaders Forum of Cape Town. Clergy and lay, men and women who have come together to address gender violence in their ...
Easter Reflection: "The Transformation of Suffering"
We offer an excerpt from Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune's essay "The Transformation of Suffering." as a meditation for Easter. "For the Christian, the theology of the ...
16 Days is Not Long Enough
This time last year I was on my way to Capetown, South Africa, to visit my friend, Elizabeth Petersen and the South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI). ...
Healing the Generations Events
New Haven, CT - February 29, 2012 and March 1-2, 2012 -Clifford Beers Clinic presents two events Open to the Public. Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune will present a ...
Dear Pope: About Sr. Margaret . . .
I am just writing to thank you for denouncing Sr. Margaret Farley’s excellent book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” This is the best PR ...
Dear Pope: Call Me
As the crisis erupts again in Europe and the U.S. with serious questions being raised about the Pope himself, one has to wonder if the men in charge have ...
Hiding in Plain Sight . . . With Help
The Penn State report and the conviction of Jerry Sandusky provide the irrefutable evidence that he was a sexual predator on the loose for over twenty years ...
Breaking News! Violence Against Women Act reintroduced
On January 22, 2013, Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Michael Crapo introduced S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the landmark Violence ...
"It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over"
In baseball, there is an old saying about the game: "It ain't over 'til it's over." It's the reminder that you can't leave after the seventh inning and assume ...
The Guy Who Took Down the Signs
Like millions of other Americans on January 20, I was flooded with memories and emotions as I watched Barack Obama be sworn in as our President.
JUST RELEASED: 26th Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities
This epic undertaking by James Evinger is an encompassing resource that includes non-fiction books, academic journals, law reviews, newspapers, websites, ...
GUEST BLOG: Campus Sexual Assault is a Civil Rights Issue
Last Friday marked the opening of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rape on American college campuses, in which students share painful testimonies ...
From Darkness to Light: Passover
Passover is the Jewish holiday about the passage from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom. In remembering the Exodus story of the liberation of the ...