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“Guns Don’t Kill People . . .”
“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” This National Rifle Association (NRA) answer to any suggestion of gun control is only partially true. The fact is ...
International Women’s Day: A Reflection from South Africa
by Elizabeth Petersen, Founder and Executive Director of SAFFI
Healing from Abuse: How To Be a Resource for Survivors (2015) RECORDED
This webinar addresses the spiritual crisis that many survivors of abuse experience as a result of traditional teachings and misinterpretation of scripture. ...
Correction to blog: UN Statement on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
We have received several calls from people questioning the quote that I attribute to pope Francis in my last blog.
The Ethically Challenged in Steubenville and Beyond
The fact that two teenage football players raped an intoxicated teenager is bad enough. They have now been convicted of their crimes. But the additional ...
Ethically Challenged Part 2: Youth Ministers Take Note
As I have continued to ponder and worry about the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case which I blogged about last week, I came across a two very interesting ...
Healing from Abuse: Resources for Survivors - Recorded
In this one-hour webinar, Julie Owens explores the fundamental dynamics of domestic violence, her story of surviving , common religious roadblocks and ...
It Takes Courage: Rev. M.L. Daniel on Activism
Have you read the comment section on any of the headline news stories recently? I have to admit that I frequently make the mistake of reading the comments and ...
Seminary Education: Preparing Future Faith Leaders to Respond to Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault (2015) -RECORDED
What are future faith leaders learning about gender-based violence? Why is this an important issue for theological education? How can leaders ...
"If there's one place that you should be safe . . .”
"If there's one place that you should be safe, it should be in your house of worship." This was the comment made by Sheriff Grady Judd in Polk County, Florida, ...
“Corrective Rape”? No, Hate Crime
“Corrective rape.” When I first heard this term, I stopped dead in my tracks. Having thought that I had heard it all when it came to violence against women, ...
“A woman of faith, a formerly battered woman, a mother of six children . . .”
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is now a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee, who shares the Peace Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul ...
Déjà vu Again and Again and Again
Once again the legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act has been introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress. This action stalled in the ...
A Message to Our Sisters and Brothers in South Africa
We join you in prayer and in action.
Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act?
Dear U.S. Bishops: What is the matter with you? The headline "Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act" speaks volumes to women in the pews. It ...
What Will It Take to Pass VAWA?
The Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] was originally passed in 1994 with strong bipartisan support. It was renewed in 2000 and 2005 also with bipartisan ...
Weary Beyond Words
“Legitimate rape” has now been added to the lexicon of sexual assault thanks to Representative Todd Akin, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. One ...
#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)
More than 500 faith leaders and organizations have signed a letter asking Congress to close the loopholes that allow abusers to own guns, endangering the lives ...
Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Pastoral Care Issues: End of Life Needs of Survivors (2016) -RECORDED
As survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse reach the end of their lives, many are longing to find peace, integration, and validation of their life ...
How to Create Trauma-Informed Faith Communities 2016 (RECORDED)
Trauma-informed faith communities understand and recognize the impacts of trauma. They are healing spaces where survivors of domestic and sexual violence can ...
Rape Culture: The 2016 Presidential Campaign
This is what Rape Culture looks like—Donald Trump’s “locker room” chat that was recorded and is now before us. I am not as offended by the lewdness of his ...
Living in Parched Places
I live in a parched place. In east Tennessee, it has only rained 3 times in the last 4 months. This relentless heat and drought are palpable every day. So also ...
Hope in a Time of Darkness
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you ...
Letter to a Helper
by Bettie Williams-Watson
WEBINAR: Sexual Assault in the Military: The Role of the Chaplain
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 ...
Beyond Belief
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and has been observed each year since as a day to recognize women’s achievements as well as to lift up ...
You or Someone You Know . . .
The latest study on sexual assault was released in December and for some suggested a new awareness of how widespread sexual violence against women really is. ...
FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference
FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual ...
I Am Not Worried
Ramadan began on July 8. It is a month of fasting, prayer and study of the Quran with an emphasis on self-sacrifice for Muslims around the world. Malala ...