Courageous Conversation Recordings

Courageous Conversations is an ongoing speaker series hosted by Awake Milwaukee to build community, deepen understanding, encourage conversation, and inspire action in response to the complex issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. You can find recordings of previous Courageous Conversations below, and sign up here for future events.

Season TWO: 2021-2022

A body of broken Bones: the Ripple effects of abuse on the body of christ

On the first evening of our new two-part event format, Dr. Marcus Mescher shared a thought-provoking presentation on moral injury, conscience, and the path to healing for our Church. In Part Two, members of the Awake Community from many locations and perspectives gathered for a lively conversation on the topic.

November 2021 –
What can i do? Lay leaders responding to the abuse crisis with creativity & compassion

Four panelists from varying backgrounds and perspectives spoke about the circumstances that moved them to action and the unique approach they have each taken to address the issue of abuse in the Catholic Church. Small group conversations in Part Two encouraged each participant to consider what steps they might take next.

Season ONE: 2020-2021

May 2021 –
Understanding the Wisconsin Attorney General Investigation

As part of Awake’s effort to support WI Catholics during the investigation into sexual abuse by clergy and faith leaders, we hosted a panel of survivors and experts to help us become better informed. Tune in to hear from the Fortney sisters, as well as retired WI Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske and theologian Patrick Hornbeck.

April 2021 –
telling NaTe’s Story,
With Special Guest Aaron Lindstrom

We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of clergy abuse victim Nate Lindstrom – and to hear the honest, challenging words his brother Aaron shared with us: “It’s about time that we as Catholics fix the problem. I feel like we have the power to do that.” We hope you will join Awake in being part of the solution!

March 2021 –
It’s Not Only Children:
Addressing Abuse of Adults in the Catholic Church

This was an powerful conversation, thanks to the wisdom of our three wonderful panelists – Paula Kaempffer, Dr. David Pooler, and Esther Harber. We are grateful to each of these speakers for the unique perspective and insight they shared, and especially to Esther for trusting us with her story.

February 2021 –
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACTS OF TRAUMA AND building trauma-sensitive parishes, with Dr. Stephen Saunders

Thank you to psychologist Dr. Stephen Saunders of Marquette University for his informative presentation on this important topic. (Don’t miss the comments from survivors immediately following Dr. Saunders’ presentation!).

January 2021 –
The Women Who Spoke Out: A Survivor, A Colleague, and An Advocate Share Their Story of
Exposing David Haas’s Abuse

We were honored to lift up the voices of Margaret Hillman, Laurie Delgatto-Whitten, and Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel in this important dialogue. Please take the time to listen and share with others, particularly anyone you know in Catholic music ministry.

December 2020 –
The McCarrick Report, Clerical Culture, and A Path to Change, with Fr. Daniel Griffith

Thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural event in our Courageous Conversations series! Please consider sharing with others who might be interested in considering the role of clerical culture in the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.