Explanation of Project

"The Healing Circle" video brings us face to face with the victims of sexual abuse by clergy and their pain. As part of a restorative justice process, the video helps us to develop an understanding of the ripple effect of the scandal as it explores the impact on the victims, their families, other believers, and those working in institutional church settings. Ultimately, the video helps us examine the ways the scandal has created a crisis of faith and helps us grapple with the complexity of the healing process. Produced in three segments, the video shares the stories of victims, an offender priest, other clergy and lay ministers, and members of the faith community. The video is intended for use as a tool for dialogue by faith communities, victims' organizations, seminaries, and other community based organizations. It is also available to individuals.


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