Healing of Memories Lecture

The Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa held its First Annual

Lecture at Institute for Healing of Memories

Ela Ghandi, Lecturer at Institute for Healing of Memories

Lecture at the University of the Western Cape on the 18th August 2011.  It was given by Ela Ghandi, who is granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, is a peace activist, and was a Member of Parliament in South Africa from 1994-2004.

To read a transcript of the lecture, click here.

The Institute for Healing of Memories was founded in 1998.  It grew out of the Chaplaincy Project of the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture, where Father Michael Lapsley was one of the founder members.

The Institute seeks to contribute to the healing journey of individuals, communities and nations. Its work is grounded in the belief that we are all in need of healing, because of what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what has been done to us.

Through his own experience of living in exile, losing both hands and an eye in a letter bomb attack in 1990, and listening to the stories of the survivors whom he counselled at the Trauma Centre, Fr Michael realised the importance of giving people a space in which their experiences could be shared and acknowledged.

November Symposium on Restorative Justice, Rconciliation, and Peacebuilding

October 6th, 2011 in Events, RCT News.

There is will on Symposium on November 11-12 at NYU School of Law, entitled “Restorative Justice, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding.”

Featured speakers include:

John Braithwaite, Australian National University

Phil Clark, School of Oriental and African Studies

Stephen Hopgood, School of Oriental and African Studies

Louise Mallinder, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster

David Tolbert, International Center for Transitional Justice

Charles Villa-Vicencio, Georgetown University

Conference is free but requires advance registration. Because space is limited, early registration is recommended. To register, contact Kelly Roberts at iiljstudent@exchange.law.nyu.edu.

The symposium is a project of the Program on Religion and Reconciliation at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame in collaboration with the Restorative Peacebuilding Project of the Working Party on Restorative Justice of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in New York.

To see the flier for more information, click here.

RCT Faculty Recent Publication

July 20th, 2011 in Featured Articles.

RCT’s Shelly Rambo has one of the most used articles in the International Journal of Practical Theology (IJPT).  Entitled, “Trauma and Faith: Reading the Narrative of the Hemorrhaging Woman,” it can be read here (Volume 13, Issue 2 of the journal).


This essay offers a theological analysis of trauma, recognizing the difficult questions posed by trauma, which indwells a person’s or community’s body long after the first traumatizing event(s) has passed. The research draws upon a case study, psychological trauma studies, and neuro-biology in dialogue with a fresh reading of Mark 5:25 – 34, the story of the hemorrhaging woman. The analysis concludes with theological constructs that are significant for understanding trauma and trauma-healing. These are: the importance of bodily encounter, the accent on Jesus’ role as witness to radical suffering and healing, and the time-extensive nature of healing.

The Beginnings of JustPeace

December 16th, 2010 in Video.

For more information about JustPeace visit their website.

Chapter 1 – Changing Our Attitudes Toward Conflict

December 16th, 2010 in Video.