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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 an audience in Washington, DC, about healing. He had not planned it that way. The event was to launch his book, Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer. It had been scheduled for last October but Hurricane Sandy scuppered those plans. Instead, it took place on a day when three people were killed and more than 100 injured in Boston. Lapsley, who lost both his hands and the sight in one eye from a letter bomb in 1990, told the crowd that included Africa lobbyists, American church people and delegates from the South African and Cuban embassies that he could never talk about himself as a victim. Yet he appealed to the audience to "identify with those who died but also with those…
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 Lapsley for his book, Redeeming the Past – My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer. The judges described Fr Lapsley’s book as a gripping and inspirational story of someone who paid a very high personal price for his commitment to the freedom struggle during the Apartheid era in South Africa: he lost both his hands in a letter bomb attack. ‘He was motivated by a growing awareness of the radical demands of the Gospel. In post-Apartheid South Africa, he experienced a new calling: to help heal the people of our country. Based on his own experience of trauma and brokenness he was able to help other people with their brokenness – something that is much needed in our country and in the violence stricken world. The…
Video of UN Launch of Redeeming the Past September 27 2012
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, he was called to the priesthood, but was not particularly political. Then he found himself in the maelstrom of South Africa’s apartheid, serving as a chaplain for the African National Congress. Losing both of his hands and the use of one of his eyes to a letter bomb did not deter Father Lapsley from continuing his work, including here in America. I spoke to him about that earlier this week. Lorena Ruiz: What initiatives are you working on/ have you worked on here in the United States? Michael Lapsley: In New York City we have cooperation with an organization called Barrier Free Living, which works with women who have been abused who are also disabled. We’ve worked with them over a period developing their capacity to offer…
Summary: A bomb victim finds redemption, making congregations more inclusive, and ‘Vati-leaks’ rocks the Vatican. DOWNLOAD 
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 prisoners and those in drug treatment. Lapsley was thanked by several clients, including Tammy Picanco-Antonio, left, and Raeann South. The Rev. Michael Lapsley once fought to free South Africans from the racism of apartheid. Now he is a wounded healer trying to help nations and individuals find freedom from their tragic pasts. It has been 22 years since a letter bomb meant to kill the Anglican priest and activist destroyed his hands and an eye but not his soul, Lapsley said in an interview. The loss of his hands still grieves him every day, but people open up because they realize he can identify with their pain — "the sharing of pain connects us at the deepest level," he said. Lapsley is in Honolulu for…
                                                                                                                    MAY 18, 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 African Anglican priest and social justice activist. The degree was awarded by the Rt. Rev. James J. Shand, bishop of Virginia, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary. The Virginia Theological Seminary confers honorary degrees of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of faithful and notable service, creative and innovative leadership in parish ministry, overseas missions, academia, and ecumenical, social, diocesan and…

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