You are cordially invited to the first Speakers Forum for 2018 hosted by the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture. The evening will feature a presentation by Dr Theresa Burke MA, PhD, DAPA, NCP, LPC, entitled ‘Can We Heal the Wounds of Sexual Abuse in the Church?’
The sexual abuse crisis has polarised the Church, and injured us all. Those who have survived clerical and other sexual abuse need the Church’s healing power, but they are often alienated and unwelcome because they are seen as troublemakers. Innocent people scandalised by the crisis also need the Church’s healing power, but they are sometimes unable to forgive the victims for coming forward.
So how can we bridge this apparently unbridgeable gap? This presentation will examine the impact of sexual abuse on the individual, the impact of trauma, and how we as a Church – all of us – can begin to help restore to victims their full dignity in Christ. It will also describe Grief to Grace, a new sensory-based model for healing sexual abuse that follows the Sorrowful Mysteries.”
About our speaker:
Theresa Burke, M.A., Ph.D., NCP, LPC, BCCP
Dr. Theresa Burke is the Founder of Rachel’s Vineyard – the largest post abortion ministry in the world. Her healing programs offer a unique sensory based treatment which integrates emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions. Since 1993, the Rachel’s Vineyard model has spread to 49 states and to over 70 countries. Other programs that Theresa has developed include: Grief to Grace – Reclaiming the Gift of Sexual Dignity (a five day program for healing sexual abuse).
Theresa has lectured and trained professionals internationally on the subject of post-abortion trauma and healing. Her books include Forbidden Grief – The Unspoken Pain of Abortion with David C. Reardon (Acorn Books) and The Contraception of Grief – The Genesis of Anguish Conceived by Abortifacients and Sterilization and Sharing the Heart of Christ, with Kevin Burke.
Theresa presented as an expert for the 2011 Pontifical Academy of Life’s General Assembly. Her topic was The Aftermath of Abortion: Data from Scientific Literature. Theresa is the proud mother of five children.
On Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 6:30pm
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