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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 ...
New Book: "Religion and Men's Violence Against Women"
"Religion and Men's Violence Against Women," edited by Andy J. Johnson of Bethel University, addresses domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking ...
M.L. Daniel Selected for Prestigious NoVo Foundation Program
FaithTrust Institute is delighted to announce that M.L. Daniel, our Program Manager, has been selected by NoVo Foundation as one of 20 new Movement Makers in ...
Dear Dylann Roof
Dear Dylann Roof: When you gunned down 9 people in a Charleston church who were sharing Bible study with you, you said, “I have to do it. You rape our women ...
Antoinette Brown Award Honors Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis
The United Church of Christ presented the Antoinette Brown Award to FaithTrust Institute trainer Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, as well as Rev. Traci Blackmon,of ...
Is Hate a Mental Illness? Part 2
In the wake of the Santa Barbara murders, I had been waiting to hear men’s voices respond. Actually I had been waiting for reasoned, thoughtful men’s voices. ...
Getting it Right?
I confessed my enjoyment of football last year when the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. I also understand that football (and the National Football ...
GUEST BLOG: Happy New Year from Rabbi Mark Dratch
A Reflection for Rosh Hashanah: There is an old Jewish blessing offered as the New Year arrives: “May the old year and its troubles end, and the new year ...
Dear Pope: I Was Worried
While I was on vacation, the Vatican came out with a significant doctrinal statement condemning the sexual abuse of children and the ordination of women. One ...
Men’s Laws
The tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has focused the nation’s attention on a new breed of law called “Stand Your Ground.”
Ash Wednesday and International Women's Day 2014
It is an interesting juxtaposition. Ash Wednesday, March 5 this year, began the period of Lent in the Christian calendar, a time of fasting and reflection, ...
Spotlight: Diving Deep & Surfacing
Spotlight is the name of the team of Boston Globe reporters who investigated the Archdiocese of Boston in 2001 when the puzzle pieces began to fall into place ...
Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection for March: Uncovered
UNCOVERED: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax is our March online book choice! Join us on March 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET.
National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth Features FaithTrust Institute
The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth featured FaithTrust Institute and our sister organization, Peaceful Families Project, in an article about ...
Speaking of Football...
Last week, I wrote about my love for football despite the many contradictions inherent in the world of professional sports. This week, I want to draw your ...
Fifty Shades of Depressing, Part 2 (The Movie)
First, a confession: I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey nor do I intend to. I have not seen the film nor do I intend to. When I choose a novel to read or a ...
Hello Pope Francis
Dear New Pope: I thought I would give you a few months to settle in before I wrote to you. I have carried on a (one way) correspondence with your ...
Dear Pope: Check This Out
I don’t know if you follow the National Football League in the U.S., but I think you will be interested in this.
Trafficking in Humans: Capitalism at Its Worst
In 2013, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation ending legal slavery in the United States. But slavery isn’t only a painful and ...
Ramadan Kareem!
As Ramadan and the period of fasting draws to a close, Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, August 19.
How It's Going Down Under
The convergence of several very interesting situations in recent weeks in Australia reveals the complexity of the institutional responses of churches to child ...
"The Invisible War" Goes On
The invisible war of sexual assault of female and male military personnel by their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines continues even as the U.S. ...
In the Bleak Midwinter
My favorite hymn of the season is “In the Bleak Midwinter” written by the English poet Christina Rossetti in 1872. It begins by describing the environs that we ...
Mary E. Hunt Honored by Harvard Divinity School
Our friend and colleague, Dr. Mary E. Hunt, has been recognized as one of six recipients of the annual Peter J. Gomes Honors from Harvard Divinity School. Dr. ...
Domestic Terror: A State of Intense Fear Related to Household or Family
Here are two current events that, when juxtaposed, caught my interest. Changing social norms is getting harder, not easier. “In revealing the decision points ...
Put Your Activism To Work Right Now
The New York Times is right on this one. If politicians are serious about fixing the perception that they don’t understand or care about women, they would do ...
Dear Pope: Are We Talking?
I’m so glad you seem to be finding my advice helpful as you move to respond to the growing crisis over sexual abuse in the church. Your comments this week ...
Keep Praying...
The 200 plus girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria are not home yet. Despite efforts by Nigerian military, U.S. military, and the United Nations, ...
The Marriage Antidote to Domestic Violence?
I had trouble keeping up this past week. We saw a barrage of commentary in response to a troubling Op-Ed published in the Washington Post on Wednesday. In an ...
The Message or the Messenger: A Question of Legacy
The recent death of Joshu Sasaki Roshi and the publication of an extensive article on John Howard Yoder raise once again the contradiction of beneficial ...