Atonement and Forgiveness in Healing Historical Trauma

Atonement and Forgiveness in Healing Historical Trauma

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Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00
One Spirit Elective Credit: 1.0


Emotional trauma that is passed down through generations is prevalent across the world in people whose ancestors suffered such atrocities as slavery, witnessing of genocide of their people, forced relocation, destruction of their cultural practices, and others. Many of these descendants today live alongside the descendants of those who either caused the suffering or did nothing to alleviate it, and it remains an unspoken social tension. Through the practices of atonement and forgiveness, the unspoken can have a voice in acts that come from the heart and can help heal historical trauma.

In November 2016, Rev. Juan Carlos Areán was called to be part of a powerful, spontaneous sacred ceremony in Teotihuacán, Mexico. A series of synchronicities guided him to ask for forgiveness for the historical atrocities committed by his people (the Spanish) upon the Aztecs and their land. In this workshop, he will share his story and the repercussions that this act has had in his life. Based on this experience and others--such as at Standing Rock and in other religious traditions—the workshop will include ritual, meditation, and group discussion to address how atonement and forgiveness can help heal historical and personal trauma.


Juan Carlos Areán

Rev. Juan Carlos Areán

Rev. Juan Carlos Are‡n, One Spirit graduate of 2016, is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer and facilitator, and a published author. For many decades, he has worked on his own journey of healing from racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, and has supported others pursuing their own healing. In particular, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners, and allies to end domestic violence and achieve gender equity. He works as a program director at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as a sexual assault prevention specialist at Harvard University. He is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women, created by former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Juan has served as an expert in many media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, HuffPost, CNN en Espa–ol, Univision, and Telemundo. He is an active trainer and facilitator who has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, and for the US Congress and the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Juan Carlos is a doctoral candidate at the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies and has a masterÕs degree in music composition.


If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.

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