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Jun 28, 2017 — Categories: ,

FaithTrust Institute is celebrating our 40th Anniversary! And we'd like your help. As part of this milestone event, we're creating a Celebration Book and we would like to include your thoughts and memories.

FaithTrust Institute is celebrating our 40th Anniversary! And we'd like your help.

As part of this milestone event, we're creating a Celebration Book to be given to our founder, Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune. She doesn't know about this yet! If you would like to share a message with Marie or the Board and Staff, please add your comment below by October 1, 2017.

Tell us:

  • How has Marie Fortune's work impacted your life? or
  • How has FaithTrust Institute made a difference in your world? or
  • Do you have a special memory that you'd like to share with Marie? or
  • Is there something else you'd like to share with Marie?

Please let us know if your message can be shared publicly, and if we can use your name.

And please, take this opportunity to make a donation to FaithTrust Institute!

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Marie Fortune

Posted by Patty Carr at Aug 14, 2017 01:39 PM
Thank you for your leadership, your clarity and your thoughtfulness. Your incisive, eloquent writing and speaking are a model to and inspire us all. Thank you for always speaking up and standing your ground.
Patty Carr

So many thank yous

Posted by Sandi Thompson-Royer at Aug 14, 2017 01:39 PM

I can only say thank you for the way you have provided us all to look at ways people of faith respond to domestic and sexual violence. I can honestly say that the work of the FTI changed my life! In approximately 1998, I attended a training provided to the Presbyterians in Sante Fe, NM! That training landed me a position in the PCUSA to create a national network, leading the church to address their policies, education within the church, and the way they responded to both the survivor and perpetrator. I have been fortunate to work with incredible people that work tirelessly towards peace. I loved my years of training for the FTI and engaging in conversations with all sorts of people of faith around the US! I loved being a bridge having worked both in the secular and religious world, understanding the tension and dynamics that created. We are all God's people and in my faith, LOVE prevails! May you enjoy your years of retirement but what I do know, is that this work goes with you everywhere in this world! Now I am living and working in Guatemala and I was hoping to do other work! NOPE. God uses us and as you know well, we can't ignore Her! Blessings and thank you. I would not be where I am today, without your work and support!

celebrating 40 years!

Posted by Lisa Jean Hoefner at Sep 13, 2017 05:15 PM
Marie, from days at YDS to requests for help to celebrating this milestone year, your presence and knowledge and care has impacted the world! I add my little word to great acclamation well-deserved and so appropriate. You continue to be a gift to so many people.


Posted by Sister Elaine Shaw at Oct 09, 2017 01:57 PM
 I first met Rev. Marie Fortune at a presentation she gave in Boston; later I made two programs at Kirkridge Retreat Center. A memory I treasure is seeing an ordained woman celebrating liturgy,something still not allowed in my tradition! I have been impacted, both ministerially and personally by Marie's theology, spirituality, and her generous support. Faith Trust Institute continues to be my "go to" source for materials, updated information and inspiration.
 Congratulations, Emerita!
 Blessings of Peace always, Marie. To share, to publish.

Thank you

Posted by Leslee Kirkconnell at Oct 19, 2017 04:33 PM
I will be in Boston, but not arriving until during your celebration. Since learning about your work (way back when it was the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence) I have been glad to have your training to prevent Clergy Misconduct, both church and judicatory levels. Your witness and resourcing have enabled me to continue to train and raise awareness at congregational and presbytery levels. I especially enjoyed meeting and learning from you way back in Salt Lake City in '96 or '97 and again in Daytona for judicatory. Thank you and many blessings always!

Thank you and Congratulations

Posted by Bernita R Walker at Oct 20, 2017 05:48 PM
It gives me a great pleasure to congratulate you, Dr. Fortune and add these few words. I have been in the war against DV for 36 years. I fervently use the Pastoral Counseling tools as well as Broken Vows. My work in DV is my ministry and your work has provided much needed information and direction to reach the faith community as we fight against the attack on the family. Thank you.

Thank you

Posted by Rhonda Pitt at Oct 20, 2017 05:49 PM
When I discovered the work of Marie Fortune I had just told my counselor and later my husband about the sexual abuse I endured by my pastor 25 years earlier while in my thirteenth year of marriage. I never intended to tell anyone. Her work with other such victims helped me and my husband get through the most painful time of our married lives. And she gave us the courage to legally confront the pastor as well as the church leaders who attempted to withhold the financial help for counseling offered by the church once they knew of his abuse. After a long legal battle we accepted a settlement from both the pastor and the church as well as apologies from both. I shared some of her work with most of the small congregation where that pastor had been a serial sexual abuser for the entire 40 plus years of that church's existence before it closed its doors. In part because of Marie Fortune's work, my husband and I were able to donate the settlement from the church to begin the first of its kind fund for the counseling of victims of clergy sexual abuse offered by a Baptist faith group in Missouri. Thank you Marie Fortune for your spirit, your hard work, and your wise counsel for hurting people.