Aba Gayle is a teacher, counselor and group facilitator. She willingly offers her story to help others heal from devastating losses.
Teaching the healing power of forgiveness, she teaches speaks about forgiveness as the alternative to hate and violence. Aba Gayle emphasizes that forgiveness is the healing alternative. Anger and hatred make you sick forgiveness makes you whole.
From personal experience she has discovered that genuine forgiveness offers freedom from the prison of hatred and helps heal the pain of tragic loss. Aba Gayle learned to free herself from the downward spiral of grief after her teenager daughter was brutally murdered. She found her faith and began her journey toward forgiveness, which included developing a relationship with her daughters murderer.
She deeply touches and profoundly moves her audiences. She has been the impetus for initiating reconciliation between the family members of her clients and is available to counsel clients who need a new way to deal with grief, death, retribution and reconciliation. Aba Gayle is an inspiring speaker who provides new insights and the gift of love.
"Aba Gayle shared her journey towards forgiveness with my congregation in such a powerful way that I dont believe there was a dry eye in the room when she was finished speaking. The Unity of Savannah folks received one of the most profound spiritual teachings about the process of forgiveness we have ever been exposed to. The dignity and poise with which she speaks and her calm assurance bears witness that she is truly living the message she shares."
"Your presentation was articulate, challenging and most moving."
Rabbi Gary G. Perras
"You touched not only me but also the hearts of our entire student body."
"The students admired your courage and strength in sharing your own personal story. This was one of the more emotional and informative workshops, and the students appreciated the chance to explore and discuss issues from a victims point of view".
Nancy Otto, Director
"Your message affected me profoundly. You have taught us all lessons that I will carry with me throughout this life and I thank you for sharing your story with us."
Susie Caldwell, Teacher
Past Speaking Engagements
The following are a sampling of the organizations, schools, and churches where Aba Gayle has been a speaker:
California Association of Criminal Justice Conference
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia
Church of Religious Science, Santa Barbara, California
Atlanta Junior High School ,(Inner City) Atlanta, Georgia
Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
Unity Church,Savannah, Georgia
St. Joseph Academy, St. Augustine, Florida
Beth Shalom Congregation, Jacksonville, Florida
George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Holycross High School, Lynchburg, Virginia
PlowShare Peace & Justice Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Bnai Brith Sisterhood, Roanoke, Virginia
Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas, Virginia
Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, Chevy Chase, Virginia
St. Gregorys University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City University Law School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bishop Kelly High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma Law School, Norman, Oklahoma
Santa Rosa Chapter of Hadassah, Santa Rosa, California
Napa Valley Church of Religious Science, Napa, California
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California
Morgan Hill Middle School, Morgan Hill, California
St Ignatious College Preparatory High School, San Francisco, California
Irsuline High School, Santa Rosa, California
She has also been interviewed for programs by the following television stations:
Channel 2, Oakland, California
Channel 7, San Francisco, California
Northwest America, Seattle, Washington
CNN, Washington, D.C.
The Catherine Blount Foundation