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Helpful or Harmful? Religious Responses to Domestic Violence
November 09, 2017
Victims of domestic violence often go to their pastor before they go to the police. But as it turns out, religious institutions may be doing more harm than good. 
Victoria H. Taylor
Religious Leaders as First Responders to Domestic Violence November 09, 2017
How do ancient religious texts and practices protect-- or endanger-- victims of domestic violence? Often, victims of abuse will go to a pastor or a rabbi before they go to the police. But experts say without proper training, well intentioned religious leaders sometimes do more harm than good. We speak with a group of interfaith advocates who are trying to change that. From 2016. 

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you can find some resources here. 
If you think yourself or a loved one may be vulnerable to domestic violence, you can learn more about identifiying abuse here. 
To learn more about the religious approach to domestic violence, click here.

L-R: Ilana Flemming, Rev. Bruce Langwiser, Maureen Fiedler, Negar Abay, and Aisha Rahman 

Ilana Flemming, former manager of Advocacy Initiatives at Jewish Women International
Negar Abay, Gender Equality and Advancement of Women representative at the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs
Aisha Rahman, former executive director of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Rev. Bruce Langwiser, Baptist pastor, and chairperson of the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee at Faith Communities in Action in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Secular Grieving: Breaking Bread and Raising a Glass November 09, 2017
Where do non-religious people go when they need a spiritual harbor?  We attend a dinner party where young "nones" are writing their own instruction manual on grief. From 2016.

Read "How We Gather," Casper's report on innovative secular communities. 

Read assistant producer Katie's essay on grieving in The Huffington Post.  

Lennon Flowers, co-founder of The Dinner Party
Casper ter Kuile, Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School