Friday, September 11
7pm in the Music Room
Reception to follow
On Friday, September 11, Westminster will welcome Father Michael Lapsley from South Africa for a visit and presentation. Fr. Michael was a chaplain to the African National Congress during the anti-Apartheid struggle. In 1990, he lost both of his hands and an eye to a letter bomb from his own government. The founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories, based in Cape Town, Fr. Michael is author of the acclaimed 2012 memoir “Redeeming the Past.” You will be able to hear him on WUNC’s The State of Things at noon on September 11.
As we in the United States struggle to navigate ongoing racial trauma and the effects of institutionalized oppression, Fr. Michael’s wisdom and experience offer valuable insight and guidance. On a day that recalls violence in our nation, we will gather to learn about the aftermath of violence and ways forward for wounded individuals and a wounded society.
All are encouraged to come learn about Father Michael’s work for peace and healing. A reception will follow his presentation. You can RSVP for the event, but we encourage all to come even if you don’t get a chance to RSVP. Childcare available only for age 5 and under with RSVP prior to September 8.