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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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FaithTrust Institute Launches 2018 Navy Chaplaincy Training

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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.”

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Bettie Williams-Watson Recognized for 30+ Years of Advocacy

Bettie Williams-Watson Recognized for 30+ Years of Advocacy

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Bettie Williams-Watson will be honored with the 2018 Ginny NiCarthy Award for Excellence in Advocacy on January 11th from the King County Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence for her 33 plus years of working to address and end domestic and sexual violence in predominantly African American faith communities.

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InFaith Community Foundation's President's Grant for 2017

InFaith Community Foundation's President's Grant for 2017

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FaithTrust Institute is honored to receive InFaith Community Foundation's 2017 President's Grant to continue our work to address gender-based violence in faith communities.

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Network: I AM Art Exhibit in Jackson, WY in 2018

Network: I AM Art Exhibit in Jackson, WY in 2018

Community Safety Network in Jackson, WY provides shelter and services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. CSN is coordinating their annual community conference in conjunction with the I AM art exhibit at The Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming. The I AM exhibit features artwork by 31 women artists of Middle Eastern heritage, from 12 countries, and has been displayed in Amman, Jordan, London, England, and Washington, DC before travelling to Jackson, WY. The show is running from January 12-February 25, 2018.

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Network: Conference on Crimes Against Women (Apr 16-19, 2018)

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Conference on Crimes Against Women, Dallas, TX April 16-19, 2018 Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, the Dallas Police Department, and the other agencies sponsor this annual conference to arm attendees with tools for the prevention of the victimization of women and for improved response by the criminal justice system to these crimes.

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Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work

Ending Violence: More Than a Life's Work

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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, 2017 in Boston, MA. Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune will be celebrated on November 16, 2017 at a panel discussion recognizing the impact of her forty year career addressing religious issues pertaining to violence against women and children. The panel, called “Ending Violence: More Than a Life’s Work” is part of the annual American Academy of Religion conference taking place in Boston.

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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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