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And What About the Good Samaritan?
A woman recently shared with me her experience of being assaulted and stabbed by her abusive husband. As she recovered from her injuries, she turned to her ...
“Where Are We?”
As I was presenting a workshop recently on how we should challenge the roadblocks which the church can present to battered women and affirm the resources, I ...
NFL Player Homicide-Suicide: This Is Domestic Violence
A head injury? Alcohol? Drugs? Depression? An argument? Everyone who knew Jovan Belcher is grasping for an answer to “why?” We only know what we read in the ...
Jimmy Carter Challenges His Church
“The turning point in every social justice movement occurs when the authentic leadership of survivors is met with the genuine commitments of our most power ...
Prosperity Preaching from the Ears and Eyes of a Victim-Survivor
by Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, PhD
GUEST BLOG: Bettie Williams Watson: Ending the Silence, Defeating the Shame {16 Days of Activism: Stories That Inspire Our Work}
I met Bettie Williams-Watson 8 years ago when she presented a workshop on domestic violence at a faith-based women’s conference in Seattle. Bettie told a ...
Before “Yes, We Can” . . .
Before “Yes, We Can,” there was “WE CAN.” Women Empowered Committed Against Negativity (WE CAN) is an organization whose office is in a house on the outskirts ...
Lutheran Community Foundation Safe & Healthy Congregations Training
In May of 2012, FaithTrust Institute trained and educated approximately 100 members of 23 Minneapolis, Minnesota-area congregations’ denominational staffs, ...
Beyond Shameful
Dear Forty-five Obstructionist Senators: The President used the word “shameful” to describe the Republican filibuster two days ago in the U.S. Senate of ...
A Perspective on Domestic Violence in the Muslim Community
by Salma Elkadi Abugideiri
Good News for New Year 5777
As I wish blessings in the New Year to Jewish friends and colleagues, there is also good news to celebrate. There is finally a solution to the problem of the ...
“Together We Can Do More”
The three-day National Youth Leadership Roundtable marked the collaborative effort to build a multifaith network of national allies to address teen dating ...
In Memoriam: Ellen Pence (1948–2012)
A great spirit has left us...Ellen Pence died today, January 6, 2012, in her home surrounded by the love and company of close family and friends.
EBooks
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“Love-All That and More” Debuts in Cape Town!
Since my visit to South Africa is supported by the U.S. Department of State Speakers’ Program, the Consulate staff has arranged some of my meetings. They asked ...
Be The Church
I recently preached at my home church on the issue of justice for survivors of sexual or domestic violence. During my sermon, a member of the congregation got ...
ELCA Bishop Eaton Recognizes DVAM
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton filmed a video to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. She calls upon Lutherans to spread awareness about ...
Happy Father's Day
When I was about nine years old, I remember a dinner table conversation between my father and mother. I think we had just received news that my favorite uncle, ...
What Individuals Can Do to Respond to Sexual and Domestic Violence
Sermon on Domestic Violence
by Rabbi Cindy G. Enger, Former Director of the Jewish Program
Women’s Work Is Never Done
March 8 is International Women’s Day. So I was pleased this past week to be in New York City for events surrounding the 54th Annual meeting of the United ...
Why Faith Matters
Why Faith Matters is an online network connecting individuals and faith communities that are dedicated to addressing and ending interpersonal violence
VAWA 2019 Reauthorization Toolkit
Santa Targets His Own Family
An ex-husband took advantage of the annual family gathering at his in-laws’ house to inflict his violence on his ex-wife and her family. He appeared at the ...
Is the Gospel of “More Sex” Really Good News for All?
So Pastor Ed Young of the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, got the attention of the media. And his church members. He called for a week of ...
"Déjà vu All Over Again"
Another murder in a church; another domestic terror homicide. On Nov. 23, Joseph Pallipurath entered the St. Thomas Syarian Orthodox Kananaya Church in ...
The Fight to End Terrorism
“Compare the raw numbers. In the same seven-year period [2000-2006] when 4,588 U.S. soldiers [in combat] and police officers [on duty] were killed by hostiles ...
The Invisibility of Domestic Violence in Faith Communities
Last week, Charles Parsons murdered his wife during a couples’ counseling session at Calvary Lutheran Church south of Seattle. He turned himself in and has ...
A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence
by Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune with Salma Abugideiri and Rabbi Mark Dratch
A Spiritual Battle between Good and Evil?
Is addressing domestic violence a spiritual battle between good and evil? This is the question I received last week from a colleague. As I pondered this ...