Male Leaders from Local Organizations Host Discussion About Integrity, Love, Consent, and Courageous Conversations
“It’s hard to say this, but I think men have more safe places to have demeaning conversations about women than we have safe places to talk about our respect for women. Lots of us stay quiet when those conversations start. Seems like it’s time to speak up”, says Jimmy Bartz, the pastor at St. John’s Episcopal Church. When asked why this conversation is important, Heath Miller of the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center remarked, “My family did not talk to me about consent and that’s a problem for any community moving forward. As parents and role models, we need to know we have the support of each other to talk to our children.” “This is such a public issue and relevant right now,” adds Andy Cavallaro, executive director of Community Safety Network. “There are potentially political, financial, social, etc. repercussions and people are being held accountable. We really are trying to create a place just for men to discuss how we can be more educated, informed, and engaged in the conversation and how and what we can do.” Carrie Kirkpatrick, the program director for Raising Girls (a program of GAP!), thought of the idea to host this night as a result of so many people approaching her after a typical Raising Girls event asking, “Where are the events like this for men and boys?” Kirkpatrick hopes men will benefit from having this opportunity to speak freely and openly with each other. This event is meant to be a beginning to an inclusive conversation moving forward. One such event will take place in the latter part of November, when Jeff Bucholtz returns to Jackson, continuing his riveting conversations with the community about consent and respect. Men, male coaches, and fathers only please for this event, which is free and open to the public, from 6-7 at Hansen Hall in the St. John’s Episcopal Church.
This event is a partnership among Community Safety Network, Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center, Teton Youth and Family Services, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jackson Hole Ski Club, and Raising Girls, a program of GAP!. For more information, email Andy Cavallaro at [email protected] or Jess Yeomans at [email protected].