This presentation, recorded live before an audience at the 2002 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, discusses sexual violence and its consequences from the viewpoint of survivors. From their experience as therapists and teachers, Sr. Fran Ferder and Fr. John Heagle recommend ways that faith communities, pastoral ministers, and families can break the cycles of oppression and promote healing. They see the profound and wondrous gift of sexuality as residing at the core of our being. Violations of that inner identity create profound pain and devastation.
Dynamic, prophetic, spiritual leadership is essential for Christianity to have a strong voice in our secular society. Today's leaders must be "conscious disciples" by freely choosing an intentional way of life that fully embodies gospel qualities. As team presenters, Sr. Fran Ferder and Fr. John Heagle reflect on the qualities that transform hesitant followers into "fire-bearers" disciples with courage, compassion and charismatic leadership.