Speeches
THE ROLE OF PUNITIVE JUSTICE IN RECONCILING.IS THIS A CHRISTIAN CONCEPT?IntroductionHere is someone who I think we all know about, know his story. He is working at the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, a priest in the Anglican Church who himself has had the experience of apartheid violence. Our first speaker talked about transformation of memories. Fr. Michael Lapsley has said, "I am no longer a victim, nor even simply a survivor. I am victor over evil, hatred and death." We shall now hear from him as talks about 'The role of punitive justice in reconciliation. Is this a Christian concept?'Fr. Michael LapsleyWill you excuse me if I start by being an anarchist and breaking the rules, sitting here instead of standing over there. I would like to begin with a story that I believes comes from the northern province of our country. The…
South African Council of Churches Conference - 5th July 1995The role of the Church and the 'Healing of Memories' WorkshopsFr. Michael Lapsley, Chaplain to the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape TownThank you very much. I want to talk a little about the kind of work that I am doing, particularly as it relates to this gathering. And I also want to tell a little bit of the story that I never tell. I have told my story, as many of you know, many times in this country, but I never really tell the story of my experience of the Church. That is a story which I don't think I have ever told from a public platform, and I want to share a little bit of that today. As Anglicans. I think we have a much more checkered history than we are willing to admit and…
BEYOND THE RAMPTHE 1998 AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON SPIRITUALITY AND DISABILITYAdelaide 7-10 May 1998Exploring the spiritual dimensions of disabilityKeynote speechFr. Michael Lapsley, SSM INTRODUCTION For the grand finale of this evening, it is my pleasure to introduce to you Fr. Michael Lapsley. Michael is a real citizen of this world. He was born in New Zealand, he then trained here in South Australia as an Anglican priest at St. Michael's at Mount Lofty (and most of you will know that that was burnt down after he left - I'm not sure what we make out of that), but then after training as a priest here in South Australia, he went to work in South Africa. As I have already said, Michael now works as the Chaplain to the Trauma Centre for the Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, South Africa.That task sees Michael moving around South Africa, and indeed,…
Address by Father Michael Lapsley SSM Director of the Institute for healing of memories, Cape Town, South AfricaProvincial of the Southern African Province of the Society of the SacredMission TEAM: Towards Effective Anglican Mission, an International conference onProphetic Witness, Social Development and HIV and AIDS. Boksburg South AfricaMarch 7-14, 2007 Dear sisters and brothers Jesus said that human beings cannot live by bread alone. Jesus did not saythat a human being can live without bread. I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to address you today. Pleasemay I add my own humble words of welcome to you to the mother continent ofthe human family. Welcome home! May I also take this opportunity to thank each of you for what you arealready doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.Successive generations will honour you for your efforts. Today, our focus will be upon conflict and conflict resolution. There isno…
Speech delivered by Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM, Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories, at the 7th World Convention of the International Conference of Principals in Cape Town - 11 July 2005 on the theme of Ubuntu Distinguished delegates Sisters and brothers, I am greatly honoured to have this opportunity to speak at this 7th world convention of the international conference of principals. Perhaps you will forgive me for a start if I confess that I am going to give a Power Pointless presentation. In the spirit of ubuntu, I too welcome you home to the mother continent of the human family and to the mother city of South Africa. I would like to dedicate what I am to say today to the mothers of Africa. I would like to share with you my own understanding of Ubuntu . When I try and explain what Ubuntu is, I like…
Presentation by Fr Michael Lapsley, SSM Director - Institute for Healing of Memories at the Civil Society and Justice in Zimbabwe Symposium Johannesburg , South Africa 11 to 13 August 2003 I wish to thank the organizers both Zimbabwean and South African for the privilege and responsibility of speaking at this Symposium. I want to begin by honouring all those who have suffered and died in the cause of justice for all in Zimbabwe from the 19th century up until today. I would also like to acknowledge the depth of pain, suffering, starvation, and the deprivation of basic human rights, which the majority of Zimbabwe ans are enduring today. Furthermore, I wish to express the highest respect to human rights activists in both our countries who live heroic lives and pay the cost of their commitment. The organizers have asked me to describe my own experiences and understanding of gross…
Triumph over Torture The Second Michael Hirschfield Memorial AddressWellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand December 4, 2000 By: Father Michael Lapsley, SSM.DirectorInstitute for Healing of MemoriesCape Town - South Africa Dear Friends, Fellow survivors of human rights violations, Fellow activists for human rights. DedicationI would like to dedicate this speech to a group of Timorese women from Liquica - a small town in East Timor who call themselves Widows without Graves. Their husbands were massacred inside a church and the nearby priest's house in April last year by the militia supported by the Indonesian military. To this day they do not know where the bodies are For me it is a deep honour to give this Second Michael Hirschfield Memorial Address. Let me also express my congratulations to the Freedom Foundation of Amnesty International in New Zealand for honouring the memory and the immense contribution of Michael Hirschfield to the international struggle for…