04/07/2016
Author: Mary Jo Noworyta

When I hear the media report a pastor’s sexual sin as an “affair,” it awakens a deep well of despair within me, remembering my own “brush with the devil.” Simple, lax descriptions such as, “falling from grace,” or “an act of indiscretion,” completely miss the mark on what is happening to religious communities throughout the […]

03/16/2016
Author: Andrew Estocin

More good, more often. Orthodox Christian writers are often called upon to author articles that focus on positive aspects of life in the Church.  Mission trips, fasting recipes, and ethnic customs are all topics that make for a friendly encounter with Orthodox Christianity. But what if the calling to do more good, more often was […]

12/11/2015
Author: Jonathan Hollingsworth

Last February,  I had the distinct privilege to interview Jonathan Hollingsworth and his mom, Amy Hollingsworth about Runaway Radical and the darker sides to being “radical for Jesus”.  However, it was not until just a couple of months ago that my wife and I were finally able to meet these two heroes in person and […]

12/07/2015
Author: Boz Tchividjian

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” – Mitch Garabedian Last week, I had the privilege of finally seeing the much-anticipated “Spotlight.” This powerful film focuses on the true story of an amazing group of journalists from the Boston Globe who worked alongside brave and tireless abuse survivors […]

11/14/2015
Author: Father J. Gregory Waynick

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr. Deciding which situations need your personal attention, and which do not, is a constant challenge for every busy leader. However, there are two types […]

10/23/2015
Author: Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang is a federal prosecutor who specializes in child exploitation crimes. If they’re not crying, we assume they must not be hurting. During my first week as a federal prosecutor of sexual abuse crimes against children, one of my colleagues told me her chief coping mechanism: Turn the sound off when you have to watch […]

05/06/2013
Author: Amanda Hess

In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home, held captive in the mountains, and raped repeatedly for nine months.* Since her escape, she has emerged as an advocate for human trafficking victims—and recently, a critic of abstinence-only sex education. When Smart spoke at a Johns Hopkins University panel last week, […]

10/16/2015
Author: Boz Tchividjian

In the past years, we have heard many faith-based institutions announce the launching of independent investigations to address issues of past sexual abuse that have publicly surfaced. Whether it’s academic institutions, mission organizations, churches, or denominations, the term “independent investigation” has become almost fashionable. When an organization is confronted with public allegations of child sexual […]

09/10/2015
Author: Joanne McCarthy

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its 4000th private hearing in a jail in August as  Britain followed Australia’s lead in tackling child sexual abuse. The royal commission heard evidence on August 19 from a prisoner who had been sexually abused as a child. In Britain, the head of its […]