Spirit Fire Survivors Present
A Full Picture of Abuse in the United States Catholic Church
Virtual - Free - Hopeful
History & Personal Stories
Trends & Practical Guides
Current Research & Expertise
Paradigms for Reform & Healing
FIRST INAUGURAL EVENT
July 1, 2020
9 am to 12 pm Eastern
Our Family Story
Friday July 3, Saturday July 4
Starting July 3, 2020
Ending December 31, 2020
WEEKLY BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday 9 am to 1 pm Eastern
Friday 3 pm to 7 pm Eastern for Asia/Pacific
Saturday 3 am to 7 am Eastern for Western Europe/Australia
Saturday 9 am to 1 pm Eastern
Spirit Fire is a Christian Restorative Justice Initiative promoting healing and reconciliation among individuals, families, parishes, communities
wounded by abuse of children or vulnerable adults.
We are survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy (and others with authority in the Roman Catholic Church) who offer our suffering, recovery, and wisdom as gifts to others in need of healing and reconciliation. We choose neither to deny the darkness of abuse nor to succumb to cynicism or despair.
We promote safety for all persons and support authentic healing and reconciliation among individuals, families, parishes, clergy, religious, other groups, and the Catholic Church.
Abusers do not discriminate among victims whom they target, nor in the harm they inflict. Neither do we withhold welcome to anyone. We welcome all to explore what we do and to find healing, affirmation, hope, and unconditional care - and we invite guests to do so when participating in Spirit Fire events.
Spirit Fire cultivates authentic recovery person to person, heart to heart. Our community of fellow survivors and friends is comprised of both traditional and liberal Catholics, former Catholics, Christians, persons of all faith walks, and those who don't believe. Survivors and clergy and Catholic leadership - along with all other guests - are invited to a place that is safe for all.
Our Sponsors have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Spirit Fire efforts to provide safe and trauma-informed ways to include survivors of clergy abuse, as well as survivors' loved ones, in the dialogue to promote healing and hope in the Church.
Emergent Ventures is a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center (George Mason University) which seeks to support entrepreneurs and brilliant minds with highly scalable, “zero to one” ideas for meaningfully improving society.
The Catholic Project of the Catholic University seeks renewal and healing in the Church through education and formation, by deepening understanding through research, and via events, conferences, and media initiatives, to promote collaboration and genuine dialogue.
Through funds from principals and friends, Spirit Fire maintains its independence as a restorative justice initiative, facilitating at the grassroots many cross-disciplinary collaborations that include survivor truth and wisdom to help the Church heal as a family.