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Ben Tapper

Contributor

Ben Tapper is an associate for resource consulting with the Center for Congregations. Ben has a passion for communal healing and restoration. He is also a consultant on CRG Chat and helps with social media.  

Contributions From Ben Tapper

For The CRG Created For The CRG
Compassionate Response to Sexual Assault Survivors

Though the #MeToo movement has brought greater media attention to sexual assault, it is not a new phenomenon. There are countless examples of congregations and denominations acting in ways that proved harmful to victims. Even the most well-intentioned leaders can inflict pain due to a lack of information and preparation. 

The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault has put together a host of resources for congregations seeking to get ahead of the game. As any great leader will tell you, the best plans are laid well before they’re needed. If your congregation would like information on working with law enforcement and other professionals to form Sexual Assault Response Teams, check out the SART guide. There are also other workshops and trainings offered through ICESA that congregations can take advantage of. Finally, to gain a better perspective on the ways sexual assault impacts victims, watch the Break The Silence video.

 



 



 

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Givelify
This free mobile app empowers congregations to offer online giving.
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Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety
This article from the Council on American-Islamic Relations offers practical steps to protect mosques and religious organizations against acts of violence.
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Sexual Assault Response Teams: Coordinating Our Response to Sexual Assault (SART)
This online guide outlines the roles of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) so congregations can support sexual assault survivors.
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Theology Crawl
This online guide can be used to facilitate difficult conversations about faith and life.
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The Cross and the Lynching Tree
This book draws a line between the central image of western Christianity, the cross, and the symbol of racialized terrorism in the United States, the lynching tree, and asks why we haven’ t connected the two sooner.
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Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare
This book explores the relationship between the personal and public ministries of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights
This book explores the unsung roles of women in the Civil Rights movement.
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How to Lead Online Worship Without Losing Your Soul-Or Body
Written by a seminary professor, this article offers tips for leaders to keep in mind as they offer virtual worship.
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SDPC Resources for Coronavirus
Curated for Black clergy and lay leaders, this list of resources addresses justice and all congregational matters related to COVID-19.
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The CARES Act May Help Your Church
This article explains the CARES Act and how your congregation can benefit from government funds.
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The CARES Act and Your Nonprofit or Church
From a Mennonite financial institution, this web resource offers clear financial and legal information related to COVID-19 and the CARES Act.
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11 Self-care Reminders for Clergy and Other Caregivers
This article lists healthy self-care ideas to alleviate compassion fatigue and stress during COVID-19.
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5 Tips and Best Practices for Church Disinfecting Protocols
This article lists tips and best practices for disinfecting congregational buildings.
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Racialized Trauma Course
This online course explains racialized trauma that stays in the body, especially as it relates to Black people, White people, police, and communities.
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Alternatives to Calling the Police
This resource page unpacks why a congregation might call police and highlights alternatives that are less harmful to people of color.
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COVID-19: Racial Equity and Social Justice Resources
This list of racial equity resources sheds light on disparities and provides tailored COVID-19 information for Black, Asian, and Latinx- Americans.
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A Look Inside a Funeral Home during COVID-19
This video provides a deep dive into the logistical and emotional duress of Black people and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault
A go-to resource for sexual assault response training, this organization provides information and trainings to prevent assault and support victims.
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