Webinars – Gospel values & essential conversations: confronting abuses of power in religious life

Webinars are open to all those who wish to attend. One does not need to be a member of the RFC to participate. RFC members enjoy the added benefit of having access to an archive of recorded webinar sessions and other materials. 


Webinar: Wednesday, June 26 | 2:00pm eastern, 1:00pm central 

In this webinar presentation, Father John Tourangeau will engage several topics related to clergy sexual abuse and the role and dynamics of power. He will give a brief sketch of the historical considerations and then explore the critical need for greater awareness of the dynamics of communal power through honest dialogue and ongoing education. How do we oppose the culture of power and clericalism in the formation process, for example? Fr. John will also cover how power is informed by Gospel values and Christian mission.

Praxes to be discussed include: welcoming, respectful, and loving community; humility and understanding; integrity, honesty, and truth; responsibility, perseverance, and self-denial; servant leadership; and healthy living and wellness.

A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation.

John Tourangeau, O. Praem. is a member of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI. Fr. John completed his Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine University (Lisle, IL) in June 2017, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, NM). He also supports local communities in the expansion of mental health and pastoral counseling services as a master-level (MSW) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC). Fr. John holds a Master of Divinity in Missiology from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix (Albuquerque, NM). He travels to continue his national clergy research, present his findings, and speak on the ever-popular topic of heaven about which he has written a book and a companion spiritual journal.

Sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC), and the Religious Formation Conference (RFC).


Source: relforcon.org

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