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Sexual Assault

Local churches and people of faith must actively support sexual assault victims and provide safe spaces for those who have yet to share their stories. These 3 things need to be part of your church culture for that to happen. […] Read More

Far too many stories of sexual assault and abuse have happened among our faith communities. Our churches must be safe havens, where we believe victims and where people know how to respond to them with compassion and helpful steps. […] Read More

The biblical account of David and Bathsheba offers insights to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. No leader is blameless, yet hope remains that our leaders could still guide our nation. […] Read More

Sadly, women not being believed by powerful men isn’t new. The Bible shows repeatedly how women, regarded as scriptural heroes today, weren’t believed by men in a patriarchal society. […] Read More

The hearings about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court displayed the patriarchal power of a ruling class demanding its entitlement be respected and insulting victims of sexual abuse. […] Read More

When conservative leaders who claim to have God on their side cannot assert that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s experience matters, what message are they sending to every other survivor? […] Read More

After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, stories of those who remained silent about their abuse are flooding social media. When will we finally listen? […] Read More

“You’re a what?” “I’m a pastor,” I responded to the blank stare of a woman who lived in my neighborhood. After 30 seconds of dead silence, I said, “I’m a preacher.” I concluded trying to connect to her. “I work at a church.” “Oh, I’ve never seen a woman preacher before,” she responded. “Yeah, I […] Read More

I didn’t realize it was strange to some Christians to clap in the middle of a worship service until I was 20. Clapping was an expression of gratitude common in worship services I attended as a child, especially at Christmas and Easter. I always understood the clapping to be a sign of gratitude for the […] Read More

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was charged in 1921 with the sexual assault of actress Virginia Rappe at a raucous Hollywood party. According to investigators, the 266-pound film star attacked and raped her, ultimately killing Rappe when her bladder burst “under the weight of his fat body.” See more of the story here. Despite the allegations, Arbuckle […] Read More