185 N. Mountain Ave Ashland, OR 97520 541.488.7716

Unholy Betrayal; Confronting Sexual Abuse by Religious Leaders

Unholy Betrayal: Confronting Sexual Abuse by Spiritual Leaders

Sunday evening, May 20 at 7:30 PM

Revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood sparked the #metoo movement and a nationwide discussion on the prevalence power dynamics and sexuality in all sectors of our 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 invites the public to attend an evening of storytelling, music, and learning called “Unholy Betrayal: Confronting Sexual Abuse by Spiritual Leaders.” Presentations will be made by Dr. Karen McClintock, 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 will take place Sunday evening, May 20 at 7:30 PM. Voluntary donations will be accepted on behalf of the Dunn House Shelter and other related non-profit causes. For more information call (541) 488-7716. The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland.