RoundTable: Multifaith Perspectives on Suffering and Sexual & Domestic Violence - Recorded
Join Marie Fortune, Jan Bays and Mark Dratch in a conversation: Suffering is a common human experience. Our faith traditions seek to understand and give meaning to this experience.
Aug 10, 2011
from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Rabbi Mark Dratch
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, MD
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
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One of the most common questions raised by victims of abuse is: why do I suffer in this way? This is a spiritual question for most people. On some level, many people struggle with making meaning of their experience of suffering --- often in the context of their childhood or adult faith tradition. How do Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity speak to these experiences, especially when the suffering is at the hand of another person?
In this first ROUNDTABLE discussion, prominent faith leaders from these three traditions will share their perspectives and discuss how theology intersects with the experience of victims in both positive and negative ways.
Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi, MD has studied and practiced Zen Buddhism since 1973. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon and currently is the co-abbot.
She has published articles about Zen in Tricycle and Buddhadharma magazines. Her book, Jizo Bodhisattva, Modern Healing and Traditional Buddhist Practice (Tuttle Publishing, 2002), has been re-issued in paperback as Jizo Bodhisattva, Guardian of Children, Women and Other Voyagers by Shambhala Publishing. Chozen is also pediatrician, mother and wife. She is particularly involved teaching how to use meditation to work with eating disorders and grief.
Rabbi Mark Dratch is the Founder and CEO of JSafe: The Jewish Institute Supporting an Abuse Free Environment—an organization addressing issues of domestic violence, child abuse and institutional and professional improprieties in the Jewish community. He is an Instructor of Jewish Studies and Philosophy, Isaac Breuer College, Yeshiva University in New York and Chair of Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties, Rabbinical Council of America, directed to establish policies and guidelines for the RCA in dealing with allegations against one of its members, and author of the Resolution on Rabbinic Improprieties. Dratch is a Trainer for FaithTrust Institute.
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune is the Founder and Senior Analyst at FaithTrust Institute. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she is a pastor, educator, author and theologian. Her books include: Keeping the Faith: Questions and Answers for Christian Battered Women, Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited, and Is Nothing Sacred?
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