We are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.
You are warmly invited to participate in an experiential process of deep listening, reflecting, creativity and sharing led by Father Michael Lapsley and other facilitators from the Institute for the Healing of Memories. In sharing our unique stories, participants will be enabled to move towards emotional healing and grace.
Hearing the life experiences of other workshop members who belong to different identity groups inspires empathy, promotes mutual understanding, and can lead to reconciliation. These processes will prepare the ground for wider practice of forgiveness and reconciliation in our homes, communities and in the parish.
Session 1: Friday, May 30: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Session 2: Saturday, May 31: 9 AM – 6 PM
Session 3: Saturday, June 1: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Because of the cumulative and community-building nature of the workshops, participants must commit to attending all three sessions.
Cost to All Saints Parishioners: $40.00 for meals and art materials.
Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please register online or call Ana Camacho at (626) 796-1172.
Father Michael Lapsley, SSM, founded the Institute for the Healing of Memories to provide those who could not appear before South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission an opportunity to share their experiences and be acknowledged for their suffering during the apartheid years.
Since the 1990s, the Institute has provided workshops internationally, enabling people from different ethnic groups, races and religions to reach a better understanding of themselves and each other, and helping people cope with challenges or circumstances including HIV/ AIDS, and gender, racial and ethnic violence. Diverse participants have included offenders, refugees, immigrants and ex-combatants.
In 2013 Father Michael received the Andrew Murray & Desmond Tutu Prize for his memoir Redeeming the Past – My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer.