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Getting It Right? Part 2: Keep Trying
Every day seems to bring a new chapter in the National Football League's drama of discovering the urgency of addressing domestic violence in its ranks. Team ...
Julie Owens Featured in Charlotte Magazine
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 ...
“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 ...
The Church of College Football
A former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, Jerry Sandusky (a priest in the Church of College Football), has been arrested and charged ...
Not Done Yet -- The US Violence Against Women Act Since 1994
This month is the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the U.S.
The Elders Name Religious Tradition and Practice as Sources of Harm to Women and Girls
“. . . we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher ...
In Memoriam: Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger (1925–2011)
We have lost another friend and colleague this week.
A Trip Downunder
You may have noticed that the Blog has been quiet for the past few weeks. That is because I just returned from a trip to Australia where I was the guest of ...
An Old Tree Has Fallen
In the forest, when an old tree comes to the end of its life, a strong wind may topple it. As it lies on the ground, slowly releasing its life energy, it ...
Premature Forgiveness
Dear Pope Francis: I want to commend you for owning the painful fact of sexual abuse of children by priests as part of your Good Friday comments. Lent is ...
How to Begin to Apologize
Early this year, the Archbishop of Dublin and the Archbishop of Boston, presided over “A Liturgy of Lament and Repentance.” The service was offered for the ...
Reflection on Christmas: The Irrational Season
In a well-known poem, the writer Madeleine L’Engle describes Advent as “the irrational season/when love blooms bright and wild.” I love this idea. It flies in ...
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune in Washington Post
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder and senior analyst of FaithTrust Institute, was interviewed by Bob Smietana of the Washington Post for an article on domstic ...
Resource: UCC Discussion Guide to "Spotlight"
The United Church of Christ (UCC), in collaboration with FaithTrust Institute, has created a discussion guide to address the serious issues for faith ...
Hymn for Ending Intimate Partner Violence
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a contemporary master hymn writer, has written a hymn called "God of Love, We've Heard the Teaching" inspired by a FaithTrust ...
Hymn for Ending Intimate Partner Violence
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
“As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual ...
How Many? How Long?
This might sound like the start of a bad joke: What do a theologian (John Howard Yoder) and a comedian (Bill Cosby) have in common? More than you might ...
“’Hope’ Is the Thing With Feathers”
I have been watching the live cam coverage of the eagles’ nest in Decorah, Iowa, since early March along with thousands of others. This pair of eagles returns ...
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 ...
The Work of Tikkun Olam: Repairing and Restoring the World
There are two important stories this week within the Orthodox Jewish community in the U.S. The first is the conviction of Nechemya Weberman, a Hasidic Jew in ...
Passing of Beverly Wildung Harrison
FaithTrust Institute joins many friends and colleagues in mourning the passing of Beverly Wildung Harrison, regarded by many as “the mother of Christian ...
In Memoriam: Chana Weinberg (1927–2012)
I met Chana Weinberg in the early 1980’s as part of the Jewish Advisory Committee to FaithTrust Institute. I think she was probably the first Orthodox Jewish ...
In Memoriam: Rita Gross
Rita Gross, feminist theologian, scholar of women and religion, and Buddhist teacher, died on November 11, 2015 in her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She will ...
“. . . An Accident . . .”
This story caught my attention last week. This is how the defense attorney described his client’s murder of his former girlfriend.
Rev. Dr. Fortune at University of the Incarnate Word
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune was invited by University of the Incarnate Word's National Endowment for the Humanities Trauma Grant Cohort to offer a keynote addresss ...
Preparing for Spring
I look forward to the beginning of February, not in anticipation of February 2 as Groundhog Day (which I have never understood anyway), but in celebration of ...
True Confessions
I love football. And I especially love football this week as my hometown Seattle Seahawks have brought home the Super Bowl trophy. (I also love baseball but ...