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Healing Workshop on October 10, 2009
Doreen Der-McLeod on healing individuals and community

Healing and Preventing Abuse

Our church as well as other churches have not always been “sanctuaries” to protect members of the church family from violence and sexual abuse.

Both the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown and Cameron House continue to deal with the effects of abuse perpetrated by former church leaders who took advantage of their position and power.

On October 10, 2009 PCC and Cameron House held a workshop to provide a closure for the current healing process.

"In God's universe, while we are not free to choose whether we suffer, we are free to choose whether it will ennoble us or instead embitter us" Desmond Tutu

" shared pain is no longer paralyzing, but mobilizing when understood as a way to liberation. When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope." Henri Nouwen

In 2002 the Cameron House Board began a process to expose and address what had taken place in our community.  The Cameron House Healing Task Force was formed and has worked over the past seven years to give victims opportunities to share their stories and for the community to hear the truth of what happened.  Through a series of community workshops, sponsored by Cameron House and  led by Ina Dr. Satsuki Ina and Dr. Benjamin Tong, we have heard of the life-long impact of sexual abuse on the survivors, who through this process and other healing activities now think of themselves as “thrivers” and “activists.”   The faithful members of the Task Force were Gene Chen, Doreen Der-McLeod, Andy Choy, Jon Hee, Jeanne Tate-Choy, Henry Ho-Wong, and Brad Woo.

In 2006, the English Commission set aside funds to support the healing process for victims of sexual abuse and the PCC community. This money has been used to help fund the Healing Workshops.

The Presbyterian Church in Chinatown has formed a Healing Committee to face our own issues of what has happened here and to learn how we can prevent further abuse from happening. For instance, we provide annual training for elders, deacons and other church leaders to strengthen our role in preventing future abuse. The members of the Healing Committee are The Rev. Kimberly Elliott (PCC Co-Pastor) , Jon Hee (Deacon), Shar Hall (Deacon), Doreen Der McLeod (Elder), Laurene Chan (CH Staff), Carole Chinn Morales (CH Board), Jeannette Wei (Elder[Inactive]), The Rev. John Anderson (CH Board), Yulanda Kwong (CH Interim ED), Scott Barlow (Elder [inactive], CH Board)

If you would like more information or have questions, please feel free to contact one of the members of the PCC Healing Committee.



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