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A priest from South Africa who was maimed by a bomb in Boston reaches out to Americans about forgiveness

Hours after bombs exploded during the final stages of the Boston marathon Father Michael Lapsley, priest, anti-apartheid fighter and a bomb victim ­himself, spoke to…

"Reedeming the Past" wins an Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize

04 April 2013
2013 Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu prize for the best Christian and theological book in another official language of South Africa has been awarded to Father Michael…

Newsletter February 2013

01 March 2013
We regret that the Institute’s newsletter has not been appearing in your in-box for some time. Simply put, the on-going recession has had a negative…

Video - UN Launch of Redeeming the Past September 27 2012

31 October 2012
Video of UN Launch of Redeeming the Past September 27 2012

Meet Father Michael Lapsley, 'Foot Soldier' on MSNBC

The “Foot Soldier” for Melissa Harris-Perry this week is Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and social-justice activist who serves in South Africa. As a young man,…

Newsletter June 2012

08 August 2012
Since early February this year Restoring Humanity groups has been meeting and organising themselves in their local area and school groups. The programme has now…

"Interfaith Voices" on NPR interview with Fr. Michael Lapsley based on his memoir “Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer”

Summary: A bomb victim finds redemption, making congregations more inclusive, and ‘Vati-leaks’ rocks the Vatican. DOWNLOAD   

Maimed priest seeks to help people heal from suffering: Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper on Saturday, June 9.

12 June 2012
The Rev. Michael Lapsley, founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories, held workshops Friday at Salvation Army Family Treatment Services in Kaimuki for female…

Michael Lapsley Receives Honorary Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary

28 May 2012
Alexandria, VA ‐ During its 189th Commencement ceremony yesterday, Virginia Theological Seminary conferred a Doctor in Divinity, honoris causa, upon Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM, South…

Easter Makes a victor of the victim - Challenge is for victims not to become victimisers Fr Michael Lapsley,SSM - Cape Argus April 7, 2012

10 April 2012
On Easter Day Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over several decades I have lived in a number of different communities across Southern Africa. …

Interview with Fr Michael Lapsley,SSM on BBC World Service

In 1990 an Anglican priest living in Zimbabwe was the victim of a letter bomb. He is in no doubt that it was sent to…

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