The Institute for the Healing of Memories- North America

The Institute for the Healing of Memories- North America The Institute for the Healing of Memories seeks to contribute lasting individual and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just world!
Welcome! The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America (IHOM-NA) is an affiliate of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa, founded by Fr. Michael Lapsley to promote healing and reconciliation in the post apartheid years. In 1990 he survived a letter bomb sent by the apartheid regime, and has since devoted his life to facilitating the healing of others. He began the Healing of Memories methodology while working at the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, South Africa, which supplemented the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who continues to be a patron of the Institute. Since the 1990s, the Institute has provided Healing of Memories workshops around the world, enabling participants from diverse ethnic groups, races, and religions to reach a better understanding of themselves and each other. We work with diverse participants including offenders, refugees, immigrants and ex-combatants, however the workshops are inclusive of anyone who may have painful memories to heal. Vision A just world in which no voice is silenced, every story has a listener, where diversity and common humanity is honored. Mission The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America seeks to contribute to lasting individual and collective healing that makes possible a more peaceful and just world. How We Achieve Our Mission - We provide emotional and spiritual healing to people recovering from painful or traumatic experiences, through Healing of Memories (HOM) workshops, community dialogs - We offer seminars and presentations about our methodology, and the importance for societies and nations to come to terms with anger, hatred, and guilt, so that they are enabled to move towards sustainable reconciliation and build a better society for all. - We train HOM workshop facilitators for the Institute and organizations seeking to utilize our methodology Our work is based in the belief that all people: Are spiritual beings and of infinite worth Share responsibility for the past and are responsible for shaping the future Are capable of being both victim and victimizer We are committed to: Redeeming the past by celebrating that which is life giving and laying to rest that which is destructive Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma, bias and hatred Working in partnership with others who share our mission
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Give the Gift of Healing! Sponsor a Healing of Memories Workshop, Participant, or Facilitator Trainee! - http://eepurl.c...
12/03/2019

Give the Gift of Healing! Sponsor a Healing of Memories Workshop, Participant, or Facilitator Trainee! - http://eepurl.com/gLQF7H

A big thank you to David Hochschild and Cynthia Li for hosting a wonderful event for the  Institute for Healing of Memor...
11/05/2019

A big thank you to David Hochschild and Cynthia Li for hosting a wonderful event for the Institute for Healing of Memories in their beautiful home in Berkeley California!.

CSJR - Centre de Services de Justice Réparatrice
09/20/2019
CSJR - Centre de Services de Justice Réparatrice

CSJR - Centre de Services de Justice Réparatrice

Atelier // Workshop • Guérison des mémoires : profitez du tarif* réduit jusqu’au 15 juin 2019 ! Il reste quelques places... // Healing of Memories Workshop: reduced price** until June 15th. Few places available...

11-13 OCT 2019 • Une fin de semaine pour relire sa vie dans une perspective réparatrice, offerte par le CSJR en partenariat avec The Institute for the Healing of Memories- North America. L'atelier sera animé par Michael Lapsley, héros de la lutte antiapartheid et fondateur de l’Institute for Healing of Memories d’Afrique du Sud.

► Pour écouter des témoignages d'anciennes participantes, dans le cadre de l’émission Faire justice autrement à Radio VM : http://miguelesquirol.com/csjr/fairejusticeautrement/faire_justice_autrement_20170131_version_courte.mp3

Coût (atelier, hébergement et repas) : avant le 15 juin 2019 : 375$, après le 15 juin 2019 : 465$. * Le coût ne devrait pas constituer un frein à votre participation. En cas de difficultés financières, n’hésitez pas à prendre contact avec nous ! // ** We do not want the cost to be a barrier to your participation. If you wish to participate but the cost is an issue for you, please contact us.

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Le CSJR - Centre de Services de Justice Réparatrice est heureux de pouvoir compter sur ces partenaires: AFPAD - Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues, Antennes de paix, Le Centre Wampum Page officielle, Le RIVO-résilience, Réseau d’intervention auprès des personnes ayant subi la violence organisée et Traumatys.com.

Merci à nos partenaires financiers : La Fondation Les Oeuvres Marie-Gérin Lajoie, Le @Comité de Solidarité franciscaine, La Fondation de la famille Brian Bronfman, les Oblates franciscaines de Saint-Joseph, L’ACAT Canada – Action des chrétien(ne)s pour l’abolition de la torture et le MCC-Québec.

08/27/2019
Veterans For Peace honors the Kellogg-Briand Pact

Veterans For Peace honors the Kellogg-Briand Pact

On August 27th, 1928, countries around the world came together to sign the Kellogg-Briand Pact - a treaty that essentially outlawed war. The Kellogg-Briand P...

06/26/2019
The Institute for the Healing of Memories

The Institute for the Healing of Memories

| Justice and accountability. How do we heal a nation? | Fatima Haron, Father Michael Lapsley, Thembi Nkadimeng | In association with the Institute for the Healing of Memories.

The Institute for Healing of Memories
06/26/2019

The Institute for Healing of Memories

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eep...
06/22/2019

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eepurl.com/gvzVqf

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eep...
06/22/2019

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eepurl.com/gvzVqf

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eep...
06/22/2019

Livestreaming - International Conference, 'Healing Journeys, The Relationship Between Healing and Justice'' - http://eepurl.com/gvzVqf

Father Michael Lapsley's Visit With Pope Francis, June 15, 2019
06/17/2019

Father Michael Lapsley's Visit With Pope Francis, June 15, 2019

06/16/2019

*PRESS RELEASE*
*Private audience of Fr Michael Lapsley SSM, Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM) - South Africa, with Pope Francis on 15 June 2019*

The audience was an encounter between the Holy Father and Fr Michael Lapsley SSM, who was accompanied by Philani Dlamini (1), Patrick Byrne (2) and Javier García Alves (3).

It was a very moving experience. Pope Francis and Fr Michael immediately got on extremely well. Same sense of humour, same direct language, same listening capacity, same priorities. And even a big hug at the end.

Fr Michael began by sharing some of his life journey including the pivotal experience of receiving a letter bomb which blew off both his hands amongst other injuries. Pope Francis was visibly moved by his story. Fr Michael then explained how his bombing in time led to his calling to create the healing of memories work which eventually led to the formation of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM). This was initially in the damaged country of South Africa, as a complement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and later across the world.

Fr Michael framed what he had to say overall in terms of the significant power of acknowledgement as a first step on the road to healing, both at the level of the IHOM across the world and in the context of the ministry of Pope Francis. He began by appreciating the role of the Holy Father in today’s world, especially in the way he acknowledges the pain of the human family and always insists on mercy, compassion and solidarity, particularly towards the most disadvantaged and excluded people.

Fr Michael then referred to the meeting Pope Francis had had the previous day with representatives of the oil industry and the fact he had chastised them for their ongoing commitment to the further exploitation of fossil resources and its damaging impact on our common home. Pope Francis explained with a broad smile that he had just boxed them gently on the ears.

Fr Michael mentioned the numerous translations of his memoir, _Redeeming the Past_ (14 language editions so far), including German, Spanish, French, Arabic and Thai, which shows that his story and the work of the IHOM has a universal resonance. He pointed out the two most common narratives in healing of memories workshops worldwide are gender-based violence (including both domestic and sexual violence) and childhood trauma. Pope Francis was nodding in recognition as this point was made.

Fr Michael explained that he wears more than one hat: on top of being director of the IHOM, he is the Canon for healing and reconciliation at Cape Town’s Anglican Cathedral and also in Edmonton, in Canada. The Bishop of Edmonton, Jane Alexander, has written several times to the Holy Father asking him to visit Canada and apologize for the abuse by religious personnel in the residential schools over many years. Pope Francis responded immediately that there were already plans for such a visit in the Vatican pipeline.

Fr Michael added that one of the dreams of indigenous peoples across the world would be the explicit revocation of the Doctrine of Discovery by the Catholic Church.

He then mentioned the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to Mozambique, where two important unacknowledged open wounds from the past are obstacles to the healing of the nation. There are the abuses by FRELIMO, notably the execution of some of their members, including a Catholic priest, Fr Mateus Pinho Gwenjere, the whereabouts of whose mortal remains are still unknown. There is also the identification of much of the Catholic Church with the occupying colonial power. Fr Michael gave Pope Francis a book on the life of Fr Gwenjere written by Lawe Laweki, who also sent two personal messages to the Holy Father.

Many peace activists are hoping that non-violence and the renouncing of any idea of a just war would be the theme for a new papal encyclical. This led to an observation by the Holy Father about the complicity of the major powers with war through their leading role and involvement with the arms industry.

Fr Michael expressed his profound appreciation for opposition of Pope Francis to the death penalty, which is now reflected in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is part of the fruit of years of campaigning by organizations such as Amnesty International and ACAT (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture).

Before the end of the audience, Fr Michael referred to the desire of the IHOM to upscale its work in South Africa and across the world. Then he asked the Holy Father for ways of obtaining further support from Catholic Church bodies. Pope Francis made a number of suggestions.

The conversation also included its light moments, with Pope Francis and Fr Michael enjoying their shared sense of humour. The Holy Father mentioned that a sense of humour is probably the closest thing to the grace of God. He referred to St Thomas More’s _Prayer for Good Humour_ , which he prays daily.

Fr Michael then told Pope Francis that he could have brought several thousand people with him for the audience including so many of his Facebook friends and that many of them were greeting him. Pope Francis responded with a big smile and waved his arms saying that there was plenty of space to bring all of them and that he was greeting them back.

Fr Michael gave the Holy Father two signed copies of his memoir, _Redeeming the Past_ , one in English and another in Spanish.

At the end of the audience, Pope Francis gave the delegation his blessing and asked each of its members to pray for him.

The delegation’s time in Rome was greatly facilitated by George H. Johannes, South African Ambassador to the Holy See, who shares with Fr Michael a common past in the struggle against apartheid.
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(1) Of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
(2) Former President of the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and co-coordinator of the Healing of Memories Support Group Europe.
(3) Translator of the three Spanish editions of Fr Michael’s memoir, _Redeeming the Past_ , and co-coordinator of the Healing of Memories Support Group Europe.

_Fr Michael will be available for interviews in Rome tomorrow (17 June) and in Cape Town from 19 June onwards, on WhatsApp +27824162766 and on [email protected]._

International Conference, 'Healing & Justice', Cape Town, South Africa, June 24-26, 2019 - http://eepurl.com/gmfZlH
03/29/2019

International Conference, 'Healing & Justice', Cape Town, South Africa, June 24-26, 2019 - http://eepurl.com/gmfZlH

Introduction to Healing of Memories, International Training, South Africa
03/18/2019

Introduction to Healing of Memories, International Training, South Africa

Father Michael in Myanmar
02/08/2019

Father Michael in Myanmar

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Healing of Memories workshops are weekend residential experiences held in safe, secure venues and led by trained facilitators. Participants share painful experiences in a spiritual, yet non sectarian atmosphere of deep listening and mutual respect. We create a safe and sacred space in which people can share painful personal stories. When telling their stories, participants are encouraged to describe their situations in the context of the history of their countries and their families and ancestors. Connecting with others in relation to their distress, often for the first time, allows participants to move forward feeling unburdened, lighter, and empowered to find solutions to their problems. Workshops culminate in a communal celebration or ritual devised by the participants themselves that encourages people to look towards the future with hope. The process is informed by the belief that healing trauma has a spiritual dimension, while at the same time the experience is nonsectarian and people of all religious convictions or none are welcome. We work with many different groups of people, including those with disabilities, victims of domestic abuse, offenders, whether still incarceratedd or recently released, returned war veterans, and trauma survivors more generally. Besides promoting individual healing, workshops can also further the healing of relationships and communities. When participants come from diverse social groups, listening to one another’s stories also helps to overcome negative perceptions of “the other.” People witness first hand the thoughts and feelings of participants different from themselves who have nevertheless experienced great pain. Thus, the very experience that promotes individual healing also furthers mutual understanding, reconciliation, and a sense of community empowerment.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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