Faith, Trauma and Shame: a symposium from the Transforming Shame Network

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Faith, Trauma and Shame : a half-day symposium from the Transforming Shame Network

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Trauma impacts every area of life as we seek to come to terms with the effects of the pandemic, the bitter legacy of colonialism and toxicity of 'cancel culture' enabled by social media. So how do our faith traditions address and have the potential to alleviate the shame that is an inevitable consequence?

On 9th February 2022 the Transforming Shame Network will be hosting an online conference to discuss the topical and pressing concerns of faith, trauma and shame.

What will the speakers talk about?

Talk 1: Reconciliation out of trauma and shame.

Dr Mano Emmanuel (Senior Lecturer in Applied Theology and Biblical Studies and Head of Academic Advancement at Colombo Theological Seminary in Sri Lanka) wrote on ‘Interpersonal reconciliation in a shame-oriented culture’ for her PhD in Peace Studies. She speaks from a cross-cultural perspective gained through studying in London and living in Sri Lanka.

Talk 2: Impossible Resurrections: Thinking Theologically with Trauma and Shame

Dr Karen O’Donnell (Programme Leader for Contemporary Spirituality Studies at Sarum College, Salisbury, England) has focused her research on trauma theology, and her recent work on reproductive loss from a theological perspective will be published in 2022.

How can I participate?

There will be plenty of opportunities to take part, through:

• Breakout room discussions

• Creative reflections in dance and movement

Feedback on our 2020 symposium:

"The whole thing was absolutely unmissable

Such a tonic - real people wrestling with real questions and struggles.”

"A really challenging, informative and stimulating morning”,

"More people need to hear this stuff.”

When, where and how much?

The event runs online on Wednesday 9th February 2022 from 10.00am to 12.30pm, with a number of short screen breaks. A link will be sent in the week before the event.

Tickets cost £15.

We only have 120 places available, so book soon to guarantee a place!

A reduced price is available for the unwaged. Please email shametransforming@gmail.com if you need this assistance. We don’t want anyone to miss out for financial reasons.

All proceeds will cover admin costs and support the on-going work of the Transforming Shame Network.

The Transforming Shame Network is a community willing and wanting to share human experience, ministerial practice, academic research and creativity with the hope of transforming shame within church and culture.

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