Why the Church Needs Survivors' Stories: Part 1

A Conversation about the Sacred Art of Listening

March 10, 2022
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom

In a Church that often silences the voices of abuse survivors, how can we chart a new path forward, one that centers these voices and the wisdom they offer? Awake Milwaukee invites you to participate in Courageous Conversations, an online speaker/discussion series created to build community, deepen understanding, encourage conversation, and inspire action in response to the complex issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

In Part 1 (Listen and Learn), Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., and Paula Kaempffer shared their own powerful stories of healing from clergy sexual abuse and guidance for listening well to survivors. The Church would benefit from a “catechesis of survivor stories,” they say, if only Catholics have the compassion and courage to listen. 

Part 2 (Discuss and Discern) took place on March 24, 2022.

This event was hosted by Awake Milwaukee and co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

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