The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America (IHOM-NA) is an affiliate of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa, founded by Fr. Michael Lapsley to promote healing and reconciliation in the post apartheid years. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, continues to be a patron of the Institute. As the value of Healing of Memories workshops was increasingly recognized, the South African Institute was invited by partner organizations and governments in many other countries to conduct workshops, train facilitators, and consult on issues of healing and reconciliation.
In March 1999, the first Healing of Memories workshop in the United States was held at Riverside Church in New York City. Its enthusiastic reception demonstrated that the methodology and message of the Institute were as relevant in North America as in South Africa. Soon thereafter facilitators were trained to offer workshops in the United States. The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America was incorporated in April 2009 in Delaware as a nonprofit corporation.
People in nonprofit service organizations and diverse religious communities across the United States have valued the Institute’s work leading to a number of long-term partnerships. Some of the organizations we have worked with are the Riverside Church, the American Friends Service Committee, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, The Middle Project of Middle Collegiate Church, and Barrier Free Living, all in New York City, the Warrior to Citizen Campaign in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the ARC Retreat Center in Stanchfield, Minnesota, the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona, the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, and The Crossroads United Church of Christ in Honolulu.