Trauma can be physical, and it can also be emotional or psychological. Or both. Emotional trauma can be an individual experience, and it can also be a collective social experience. How we respond to emotional trauma — with healing or with dysfunctional adaptations — influences whether the trauma is transmitted to another generation.
The Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the atomic bombings of HIroshima and Nagasaki, the 9/11 terror attacks — these are all examples of collective trauma.
Even such individual trauma as domestic violence can be connected to collective social experience: a dominant group using violence to express power over members of a subordinate group.
How does it help us heal to recognize some events as traumatic? What is the difference between an event that is merely stressful or harmful, versus traumatic? What are the healing and dysfunctional responses that are typical in response to traumas, especially those experienced collectively? Jone Johnson Lewis, Leader of the Society, will reflect on how we recognize trauma and how that can influence how we respond and move towards healing.
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Program begins at 11:00 a.m, with gathering time until about 11:10.
Our Ethics Matters theme for November is Healing.
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