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Upcoming Training

Safe and Healthy Churches 2017

Sep 29, 2017 to Sep 30, 2017

LOCATION: Austin, TX This two-day training is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers. Read more...

October 2017 Teaching Healthy Boundaries

Oct 10, 2017 to Oct 11, 2017

DATES: October 10-11, 2017 LOCATION: Chicago, IL. 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

The Handmaid's Tale

Our September Meaningful Voices Book Club selection is a classic: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Join us on Monday, September 25 to discuss this remarkable novel. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

40th Anniversary

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. Read more...

 

Recent Blog Posts

When Child Rape Leads to Marriage

“When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. ‘It was forced on me,’she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding.” -Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Not in Afghanistan or Sudan or the Philippines. In Florida. In the 21st century. In the church or at least a church. A child is raped, becomes pregnant as a result, and the “solution” to this problem is to force her to marry her rapist. How can a church even begin to affirm and bless this kind of “marriage”? I wonder if the rapist also paid the child’s father 50 shekels of silver (see Deuteronomy 22:28)?

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Has Nothing Changed?

As Sexual Assault Awareness and Action Month draws to a close, we might pause to consider where we are. Thirty years ago, Catherine MacKinnon said, “The fact is, anything that anybody with power experiences as sex is considered ipso facto not violence, [i.e. not wrong] because someone who matters enjoyed it.”

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We Showed Up

Women learn at an early age to live with fear of violence—at home, at school, in the workplace, on the street. This awareness is something we all share even though our ways of coping with it may differ.

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