Perspectives on Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Age of #MeToo

Perspectives on Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Age of #MeToo

Dates: Saturday, February 22nd 2020 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Attend In-Person or Join by Videoconference (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00

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The founder of the "Me Too" movement, Tarana Burke, has said that our society needs a shift in order to disrupt sexual violence. A key component of that shift is the support of our religious institutions. We need to ask important questions such as: What role do our religious institutions play in bringing about this shift? How do religious traditions view sexuality? and How do those views impact how spiritual communities and society as a whole respond to preventing sexual abuse? Using sacred texts, film, and oral stories, this class will take an interfaith approach, offering religious views of the body, sexuality, and healing through the lens of Christian, African indigenous, and Native American spiritual traditions.

Participants will learn:

  • Primary ways people are socialized to react to sexual trauma and sexuality
  • Spiritual practices that can help communities heal
  • Appropriate ways to support survivors and their loved ones
  • Important self-care tools to help minimize the effects of vicarious trauma when one engages in this work.
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Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is the Assistant Director of One Spirit Learning Alliance and One Spirit Seminary and a psychotherapist, professional development trainer, interfaith minister, and founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. Through ILERA, she has implemented workshops at various agencies focusing on vicarious trauma and wellness, healing from sexual abuse, sexuality, and spirituality. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and an emeritus interfaith scholar with the State of Formation. She was also the first recipient of AASECT's Bill T. Jones Award. Presentations of her work have taken place at Harvard University, American Academy of Religion, Washington University, New York Theological Seminary, and Interfaith Center of New York. (www.ilera.com)

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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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