“Unholy Betrayal: Confronting Sexual Abuse by Spiritual Leaders” is the title of a presentation sent for Sunday at the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland.
Revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood sparked the #MeToo movement and a nationwide discussion on the prevalence of power dynamics and sexuality in all sectors of the culture. Emerging reports of sexual abuse in education, medicine, sports, politics, corporations, the military, in religious establishments and in every profession has forced institutions to look inward at the causes of such behavior within their own worlds.
In the spirit of education and healing, the Havurah Synagogue has announced, it is inviting the public to attend an evening of storytelling, music and learning. Presentations will be made by Dr. Karen McClintock, the Rev. Norman Burton and Lama Yeshe Parke, with a special story by Portland storyteller Donna Zerner.
The evening will be hosted by Ayala Zonnenschein and will feature music by Alice DiMicele and Cyrise Beatty Schachter.
Rabbi David Zaslow says, “Our presenters will offer teachings on sexual abuse within the Christian, Jewish and Buddhist communities, but we know that sexual misconduct and abuse exists in all religions and in all denominations. Unless we are willing to shine light on the darkness within our own faiths, the cycle of sexual abuse will continue. Only self-reflection honesty, confession can bring repair and healing. We hope this evening will be a start.”
The event is free, open to the public, and is due to begin at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at The Havurah, 185 North Mountain Ave. in Ashland. Voluntary donations will be accepted on behalf of the Dunn House Shelter and other related nonprofit causes.
For more information, call 541-488-7716.
(May 14: Story updated to correct the date of the event.)