Tomorrow: The Women Who Spoke Out

Once again, we have had a tremendous outpouring of interest in this month's Courageous Conversations event. This time, it's pretty clear why - Our three speakers are brave, strong, smart women with a powerful and important story to tell. As I've worked with these women to plan tomorrow's dialogue, I feel deeply honored that they are trusting us to lift up their voices in this way. 

I am confident you will find attending tomorrow's conversation a valuable experience. You can see all of the details on the flyer below. By the way, we're right at the edge of our Zoom capacity from our current registrations, but we will upgrade if needed. If you would like to attend, could you please register today (Wednesday) by 5pmThank you!

Please also consider passing this invitation along to others who might be interested, particularly anyone you know in Catholic music ministry. (If a person cannot attend tomorrow, they can sign up to receive the event recording via email.) We will be inviting all participants to take concrete action to make our Church safer for survivors, and we would like this message to reach as many people as possible.

Let's listen to these important stories, and then take action, together.

Sara Larson
Executive Director, Awake Milwaukee

PS: We do plan to hold Courageous Conversations on a monthly basis moving forward. Please mark your calendar now for the THIRD THURSDAY of each month at 7:00pm, including February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20. Announcements of topics and speakers to come soon!

Register Here Today (by 5pm please!)

Blog Post -  Explainer: What Is Restorative Justice, And How Can It Help Heal the Catholic Church?

“The restorative justice process involves asking—and working to answer—three fundamental questions. 

1. Who was harmed by what happened? The process begins by focusing on the real harm experienced by victim-survivors, but expands from there. “I always talk about the ripples that flow out from the survivors,” [Justice Janine] Geske says, to their family and loved ones, and the surrounding community where the harm took place. 

2. What was the harm committed? To identify the harm, the restorative justice process relies on storytelling by those affected, Geske explains. The survivor has the opportunity to share their experiences with the person or institution that committed harm. “It’s an opportunity to describe how it’s impacted their lives, their family’s lives, their work, whatever it is,” Geske says. 

3.  What are we going to do to work on repairing the harm? “The third question is really the heart and soul of restorative justice,” Geske says. “It may be specifically looking at what the perpetrator or offender can do, but it might also be looking at what we the community can do to help repair some of the harm that’s been done to the survivor and the community.” Geske emphasizes that repairing and healing are always ongoing processes, not discrete events. She uses the example of a woman whose husband, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty. The wife might gradually move toward healing, but her husband’s death means that her life is changed forever. "

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Thank you for your continued commitment to uniting with Awake through prayer.

As we approach this Thursday's Courageous Conversation, we ask you to pray for the success of this event - that the speakers will feel empowered and supported in sharing their stories, and that all participants will be moved to take action to make our Church safer for survivors. 

And if you want to throw in a little prayer for no technical difficulties,
we would appreciate that as well! 🙂
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