This Thursday The Challenging Hate Forum will host a public event at Manchester Cathedral in support of Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The focus of the event will be on peace-building. The keynote speaker is the renowned South African priest and social justice activist Fr Michael Lapsley, who lost both hands and the sight in one eye as a result of a letter bomb in 1990. Fr Michael Lapsley is visiting the UK during September when he will be speaking at the National Cathedrals Conference (17-20 September 2018).

Fr Michael Lapsley will speak about his own experiences and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa to help people who have been scarred, emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally by their life experiences. They are encouraged to share their stories in healing of memories workshop sessions. When personal stories are heard and acknowledged, individuals feel healed and empowered and dignity is restored.

There will be information on tackling hate crime, refreshments suitable for all faith groups and a local choir has been invited to sing. The event will close with a #WeStandTogether photo call.

This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council. Please register for free tickets on Eventbrite:


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