Healing Memories Workshop for All Veterans – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod


An in-person Memory Healing Workshop for All Veterans will be held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ, May 13-15, 2022. The workshop will provide participants with a safe experiential and interactive way to address anger, loss, grief and guilt. The workshop is free for any service member or veteran, including all meals and two nights of accommodation. See the PDF of the event.

It begins with dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and ends at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. Veterans who attended this workshop say it was an important step in their healing from psychological and spiritual wounds. Transportation will be provided for those who need it.

In order to ensure the safety of participants and facilitators of this workshop, we will follow the CDC’s COVID guidelines. In an abundance of precautions to protect attendees, some of whom may have underlying health conditions, we will ask attendees to present proof of vaccination or, if not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours of their arrival. All participants will have their own private room

The Memory Healing Workshop was created by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican missionary priest who in 1990 lost his hands and sight in one eye due to a letter bomb sent to him in Zimbabwe by a supporter of the pro-apartheid government in South Africa. After a long recovery from the bombings, Father Lapsley decided to dedicate his life to helping victims of emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses and other traumatic circumstances.

Any service member or veteran interested in the workshop can get more information or register for the workshop for free by contacting Mike Wold, U.S. Navy veteran and workshop coordinator, at 651-687-9767.


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