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Upcoming Training

Live Online Conversation!

Feb 28, 2018 from 04:30 pm to 05:30 pm

Feb 28: How Faith Communities Talk About Abstinence & Virginity Impacts Teens This interactive live conversation with Rev. Lydia Mulkey will focus on the way the language of abstinence and virginity impacts teens--in particular, survivors of sexual abuse and assault, who may feel shamed and silenced. We will also discuss the ways that LGBTQ teens may be excluded, or alienated by these topics Read more...

April 2018 Teaching Healthy Boundaries

Apr 24, 2018 to Apr 25, 2018

DATES: April 24-25, 2018 LOCATION: Nashville, TN. This course focuses on "prevention" and will equip trainers to teach Healthy Boundaries 101 Fundamentals & 201 Beyond Basics. The course is designed for those who are designated by their judicatory or organization to train clergy and spiritual teachers about healthy boundaries. Read more...

What's New

Healthy Boundaries Training in the News

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a great article called "Clergy Learn How to Navigate Ethical Dilemmas" about clergy boundary training, highlighting the curriculum created by FaithTrust Institute, and the importance of the training in light of the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements to address sexual abuse and harassment in faith communities. Read more...

FaithTrust Institute Launches 2018 Navy Chaplaincy Training

FaithTrust Institute has launched the 2018 training contract with The Naval Chaplaincy School & Center (NCSC). The contract involves the development and delivery of a Professional Development Training Course (PDTC) for Navy chaplains and Religious Program Specialists (RPs) on “Strategy for the Delivery of Religious Ministry to ‘Nones,’ Dones,’ and Millennials.” Read more...

 

Recent Blog Posts

Guest Blog: Shame on Pope Francis for Casting Doubt on Clergy-Abuse Victims

This Op-Ed by our friend and colleague Mary Dispenza was published in the Seattle Times on January 26, 2018. Mary is allowing us to share it here with you. In scripture we find the lines, “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Survivors of clerical sex abuse are tired of turning the other cheek — tired of lies and promises, especially by popes, who through the ages have formed commission after commission, held conference after conference, issued report after report, and made promise after promise.

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No More "Me, Too's" {Part 2}

At the recent Golden Globe Awards, the Cecile B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement was received by Oprah Winfrey. In her response, Oprah “preached.” And I mean she really preached! In her remarks, she called forth Recy Taylor, a young wife and mother on her way home from church who was kidnapped in 1944 in Alabama by 6 white men. Taylor was gang raped and left by the side of the road. She reported to the police who, even in the face of confessions from several of the men, never indicted anyone. She went to the NAACP for help and her case was assigned to an advocate, Rosa Parks. The NAACP proceeded to organize a national campaign in support of Mrs. Taylor to no avail.

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That Was Then; This Is Now {Part 1}

No. This excuse for sexual harassment, abuse, and assault simply won’t fly, although it is being used on a number of fronts by powerful men who have finally been called out on their “misbehaviors” from the ‘70’s until today. The list of abusive men grows longer each day. Literally. I can’t keep up. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Roy Moore, et al. From Hollywood producers, actors, and directors, to politicians, to popular journalists and editors, to respected professors, to John Howard Yoder, the prominent 20thcentury Mennonite theologian, this generation of powerful men seem to take the “back in the day” approach: it was okay then, so why isn’t it still okay to sexually harass, abuse, and assault?

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