Abuse of Power in Spiritual Movements Conference
Harvard Divinity School Conference: Virtual Panel on “Abuse of Power in Alternative and Emerging Spiritual and Cultural Organizations”
February 25, 2021, 12 pm (EST)
One of the core mandates of Harvard’s new Program for the Evolution of Spirituality is to look honestly at both the positive and negative dimensions of emerging spiritual movements.
We are keenly aware that the abuse of power is a sensitive topic. Open discussion of past experiences of abuse has the potential to be re-traumatizing. Organizations that abuse power exist on a broad spectrum, and it is important to acknowledge differences and ambiguities as well as recognize that each person’s experience is a complex mix; abuse of power can be entered into intentionally or unintentionally, and many of these spaces present the potential to be greatly empowering for people who have been disempowered in the past. Simultaneously, it is equally important to be forthright in naming those realities that are unacceptable.
On February 25, 12 pm (EST), please join us for a virtual panel with four panelists where we hope to foster a complex conversation on power dynamics in emerging and alternative organizations. This event will be co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religions.H