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On the wave of the #MeToo movement and the accusations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, United Methodists learn how to "do no harm" when it comes to handling sexual ethics complaints. Read more

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On behalf of other abused women, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas chooses now to disclose how she was raped by her date at age 19. Read more


A recent poll showed that a majority of white evangelical Christian respondents believed that verified sexual assault shouldn't disqualify someone from public office – a disturbing finding, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers United Methodist some guidelines for making safe space for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories and begin healing. Read more


Religion scholar Simran Jeet Singh, a Sikh, finds patriarchy permeates both society and religion because men like him have failed to realize its existence. Read more

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Women of many religions demonstrated on Capitol Hill Sept. 27 in protest against and for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Rev. Jeremy Smith likens the backlash against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, to the biblical story of the stoning of Stephen. Read more

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Hundreds of religious women across a spectrum of faiths are urging the U.S. Senate to conduct a deeper investigation into the background of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. Read more

Advocating Justice

Women's advocate and Christian Jules Woodson recounts her own experience of sexual assault in church to describe what it's like when someone is attacked and then not believed. Read more


So what does the Bible have to do with putting sexual predators in office? Everything, says the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas, because biblical teachings have perpetuated an unjust system in which only men have power. Read more


Sexual assault and sexual harassment are symptoms of a larger disease, a cancer that treats women and girls as though they are not made in God’s image, writes Susan Greer Burton for the General Board of Church and Society. Read more

Advocating Justice

Among other factors, the survey found that clergy, laity and church employees experienced fewer incidents of sexual misconduct since 2005. Read more

Advocating Justice

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Offensive as it can be, sometimes we have to break conspiracies of silence to give the evils we encounter their right names, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Barna Group editor Roxanne Stone interviews Open Doors CEO David Curry about his organization's latest survey on the faith and sexual persecution facing Christian women around the world. Read more

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Now is the time for all religions in the United States to lift up their common values that can change morally corrupt lives: Love God and love our neighbors as ourselves, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more


The marriage of religion and politics, long in the making, has possibly corrupted beyond redemption the most visible faces of American Christianity, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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Roy Moore

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Sexual assault allegations against Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore present Alabama evangelicals with an uncomfortable choice: support him to hold onto political power or stand up against sin, writes Morgan Guyton. Read more



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American Evangelical culture has long silenced the voices of women, making it possible to equivocate Roy Moore's alleged abuse of teen-age girls with biblical references – but not for much longer, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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On the topic of recent revelations of the scope of sexual assaults agains women, the Rev. Jim Parsons is silent -- for a good reason. Read more

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First Lady Michelle Obama's speech denouncing candidate Donald Trump as a sexual predator prompts editor Cynthia Astle to examine sexual assault from personal and public health perspectives. Read more

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