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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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DVAM 2017 National Call of Unity: October 3

DVAM 2017 National Call of Unity: October 3

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The 8th Annual National Call of Unity will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 3:00pm ET.

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In Search of Sanctuary: Marie Fortune Keynote

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Pepperdine School of Law has asked Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune to provide a keynote address at the upcoming conference, In Search of Sanctuary: Strengthening the Church's Response to Intimate Partner Violence.

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Network: The Courage Conference (Oct. 20-21)

The Courage Conference will take place Oct 20-21 in Raleigh, NC.

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Save the Date! Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work

Save the Date! Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work

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On November 16, 2017, FaithTrust Institute is hosting a panel discussion and reception to honor the work and impact of Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune and celebrate FaithTrust Institute's 40th Anniversary.

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40th Anniversary

40th Anniversary

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FaithTrust Institute is celebrating our 40th Anniversary! And we'd like your help. As part of this milestone event, we're creating a Celebration Book and we would like to include your thoughts and memories.

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Mennonite Church USA Healthy Boundaries Training (May, 2017)

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Mennonite Church USA undertook a Teaching Healthy Boundaries training with FaithTrust Institute, as part of their ongoing commitment to this essential education program aimed at preventing clergy misconduct and abuse, and supporting the ongoing efforts to create safe churches.

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Upcoming Training - October, 2017

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Our next Teaching Healthy Boundaries 101 & 201 course is scheduled for October 10-11 in Chicago, IL.

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May 30 Webinar: Understanding Victims of Clergy Abuse

May 30 Webinar: Understanding Victims of Clergy Abuse

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With our partner, Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence, FaithTrust Institute is presenting a free webinar to discuss the specific needs of victims of clergy abuse. Presenter: Rev. Dr. Sarah Rieth The webinar will take place online on May 30 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET.

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Rev. Dr. Fortune at University of the Incarnate Word

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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 on May 1, 2017 titled, "What’s Wrong with Rape: Institutional, Personal, and Theological Reflections".

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Mary E. Hunt Honored by Harvard Divinity School

Mary E. Hunt Honored by Harvard Divinity School

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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. Hunt is being recognized for her work in feminist and liberation theology, as well as for her impact on the Divinity School itself. Mary E. Hunt is the co-founder and co-director of Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER).

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Just Released: 30th Edition of the Clergy Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities

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The 30th Revised Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Sexual Boundary Violations in Religious Communities is available now. This epic undertaking by James Evinger is an encompassing resource that includes non-fiction books, academic journals, law reviews, newspapers, websites, broadcast materials, etc. Over 1,300 pages in length, this is an invaluable resource for academics, as well as faith communities.

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An Ode to Denise Starkey's Work

An Ode to Denise Starkey's Work

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Stephanie Arel recently wrote a wonderful blog post in Religion & Feminism titled, "Facing the Shame that Lingers: A. Denise Starkey and Michelle Obama Lead the Way."

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Rabbi Cindy Enger Named New Director of Rabbinic Placement by Central Conference of American Rabbis

Rabbi Cindy Enger Named New Director of Rabbinic Placement by Central Conference of American Rabbis

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FaithTrust Institute is delighted to share the news that our colleague Rabbi Cindy Enger has been named Director of Rabbinic Placement with Central Conference of American Rabbis, making her one of the highest ranking women rabbis in the Jewish Reform Movement. Rabbi Enger worked as the Director of Jewish Programs for FaithTrust Institute and edited and co-authored many of our resources for the Jewish community

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Hanukkah Reflection: In the Image of the Divine

Hanukkah Reflection: In the Image of the Divine

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At this year's White House Hanukkah celebration, President Obama spoke of the need to see those who are not like us and recognize their dignity, not just those who are similar to us. His words call to mind Jewish tradition's foundational belief that we are created b'tzelem elohim, in the image of the Divine. From the outset, there is something godly, perhaps otherworldly within us. When we look into the eyes of another, it should be like seeing the face of God.

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We Moved!

We Moved!

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As of November 1, 2016 the FaithTrust Institute office will be located at 2414 SW Andover St, Suite D208, Seattle, WA 98106. Phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.

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ELCA Bishop Eaton Recognizes DVAM

ELCA Bishop Eaton Recognizes DVAM

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ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton filmed a video to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She calls upon Lutherans to spread awareness about gender-based violence and the need to prevent it.

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In Memory of Diane Smalley: A Courageous Leader

In Memory of Diane Smalley: A Courageous Leader

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On yesterday, we lost a woman of faith, a courageous warrior, mother, grandmother (Big Mama), advocate, friend, trailblazer, leader, and visionary. She had big dreams and the ability to convince others to dream big with her, as she pursued her passion of helping others.

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#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)

#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)

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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 of domestic violence and stalking victims. ON MAY 18th, JOIN OUR NATIONAL FAITH CALL-IN DAY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND GUNS, AND TELL CONGRESS THAT IT’S TIME TO ACT ON LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ALL WOMEN FROM GUN VIOLENCE AT THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS ABUSERS.

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Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House

Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House

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For our summer Meaningful Voices Online Book Club, we've selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, 2012).

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Reflection: Shiphrah and Puah, the Two Midwives of Passover Faith and Freedom

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The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The Feast of Freedom’ because of its many interwoven foundational stories of liberation from abuse and oppression.

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