MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, and Congregational Leaders Seminar - January 19, 2019

caregiving in a churchtoo world


Saturday, January 19, 2019


8:15 AM - 4:00 PM. Schedule posted below.


Steinmann Mennonite Church (Baden, ON)


Caregiving in a #ChurchToo World

Ecumenical Event:

Members of all denominations are warmly welcome to register for this event!

Resource People:

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune – Trainer, FaithTrust Institute (see below for full bio)

Emily Cohen, M.Div. - Trainer, FaithTrust Institute (see below for full bio)

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How do we prevent harassment and abuse in our churches? How do we respond when abuse happens? What needs to change in our churches so that victims feel safer to share their stories? How can we shift the overall culture in our churches so that everyone sees #metoo and #churchtoo as their agenda? This workshop is designed for pastors, chaplains, and laypeople who are involved in spiritual caregiving. In addition to several presentations by the keynote speaker, the workshop will also include facilitated table conversations. Join us as we learn together about the practical and spiritual dimensions of #churchtoo.


Individual rate $50

Group rates:

First registrant $50
Second registrant $50
Third registrant $45
Fourth registrant $45
All other registrants $40


8:15 AM Registration
9:00 AM Opening Worship
9:30 AM Keynote Presentation - "Is Nothing Sacred? The Worst Betrayal of All"
10:15 AM Q and A (15 minutes) 
10:30 AM Break
11:15 AM Keynote Presentation - "Strategies for Prevention: Healthy Boundaries in Ministry"
12:00 PM Q and A (15 minutes)
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Workshop - "Taking it Back: #ChurchToo as Everyone's Agenda"
3:15 PM Q and A (30 minutes)
3:45 PM

Closing worship

4:00 PM Goodbye

Keynote Speakers

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune – Trainer, FaithTrust Institute

Marie Fortune is a renowned author, lecturer, ethicist, theologian, and a pioneer in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. Rev. Fortune founded the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, now known as FaithTrust Institute, in 1977.

In 1983, Fortune was the first theologian who wrote on the relationship between sexual violence and religion with her book, Sexual Violence: The Unmentionable Sin. It was revised with the 2005 release of Sexual Violence – The Sin Revisited. She was one of the first persons to call religious communities to accountability on the issue of sexual abuse by clergy. Her commitment has been to provide the spiritual, intellectual and practical resources to those who encounter victims, survivors and perpetrators of interpersonal violence. Her subsequent efforts have changed the way religious leaders and institutions respond to sexual and domestic violence.

She has authored several books on sexual ethics, sexual and domestic violence, and abuse by religious leaders. She also provided a forum for critical and in-depth discussions on religion and abuse with the founding of the Journal of Religion and Abuse, where she served as editor.

Rev. Fortune has received many honors and awards for her work, including Alumni Award of Distinction, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT; Social Prophet Award from the United Church of Christ; as well as Honorary Doctorates from Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA  and Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

“No one has done more to name and change the attitude and culture of the church about sexual and domestic violence than Marie Fortune. She has spoken out when it was difficult and given leadership where it is needed.” – Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Theological Seminary, 2014

Emily Cohen, M.Div. – Trainer, FaithTrust Institute

Emily Cohen lives in Nashville, TN, and serves as the Director of Residential Services at the YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center, the largest domestic violence shelter in the state of Tennessee. For 7 years, she served as a Program Manager at FaithTrust Institute, developing trainings and curriculum for a diverse range of faith traditions and denominations.

Cohen is rooted in Buddhist practice and teachings and brings an interfaith approach to addressing boundaries in communities of faith. Emily completed the Master of Divinity program at Harvard University, where she studied gender-based violence, pastoral care, and Buddhism. She wrote her master’s thesis on the problem of sexual abuse against students by Zen teachers in the United States. Emily leads the Teaching Healthy Boundaries train-the-trainer program for FaithTrust Institute and also does consultation and training for faith leaders in Responding to Misconduct.

Questions? Contact the Anabaptist Learning Workshop

The MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, and Congregational Leaders Seminar is produced by the Anabaptist Learning Workshop.

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