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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 ...
VAWA Reauthorization NOW!
The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as part of the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence, is offering a toolkit for demanding ...
Network: 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice
Our friend Elena Giacci will be presenting at the 2019 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Her presentation, Effectively Working ...
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 ...
Dear Pope: Happy New Year
I was encouraged in early December by your announcement that you are convening a Vatican Commission on Child Sexual Abuse to help you address the needs of ...
Judge Adams, Part 1: “Fathers, do not . . .”
I was traveling and speaking at a conference in November when the story broke about Judge Adams beating his teenage daughter, Hilary, on tape.
Rape Victim Apologizes to Church?
That’s right. In 1997, a fifteen-year-old girl was raped (allegedly) by Ernest Willis, an adult church member. As a result, she became pregnant. She was ...
Fifty Shades of Depressing
First, a confession: I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey nor do I intend to. When I choose a novel to read, I pay attention to reviews or suggestions of my ...
"No He Didn't..."
Dear Pope Francis: Did you really say this in a recent interview? In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Francis acknowledged the ...
#ChurchToo: Mennonite Church Eastern Canada
Ten Denominations Respond to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s Invitation to Engage #ChurchToo Movement
Twenty-First Century Truth-Telling and the Reformation
This week is highlighted in many quarters by a celebration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses which challenged the Roman Catholic Church. ...
Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, theologian, ethicist and expert in responding to clergy misconduct, to be honored at American Academy of Religion on November 16, ...
Meaningful Voices Book Club Begins Soon!
In January, 2016 FaithTrust Institute is launching the Meaningful Voices Book Club. Featuring books by significant voices in the field of violence against ...
It Takes Courage: Rev. M.L. Daniel on Activism
Have you read the comment section on any of the headline news stories recently? I have to admit that I frequently make the mistake of reading the comments and ...
Reflection: A Different Take on Hanukkah
The eight day Festival of Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, Sunday evening 12/06/15. The holiday commemorates the improbable Maccabean victory ...
Memo to: Clergy colleagues
Re: The Weiner problem. In case there is any confusion about the cautionary tale presented to us by the bad behavior of Congressman Anthony Weiner recently ...
Dear Pope: Deep Trouble
I do wish you had called me. Now you are in deep trouble. I see that human rights lawyers have filed a complaint against you with the International Criminal ...
"If there's one place that you should be safe . . .”
"If there's one place that you should be safe, it should be in your house of worship." This was the comment made by Sheriff Grady Judd in Polk County, Florida, ...
“Corrective Rape”? No, Hate Crime
“Corrective rape.” When I first heard this term, I stopped dead in my tracks. Having thought that I had heard it all when it came to violence against women, ...
Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House
For our summer Meaningful Voices Online Book Club, we've selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, 2012).
Ramadan For All: We Are In This Together
Ramadan is almost here. It begins on June 6. This holy month is a time for Muslims to fast during the daylight, focus on prayer, generosity, compassion, and ...