Ed's Forum series on demand
If you missed or just want to watch again, Ed's forum on hate-based violence and how individuals and nations can be transformed is archived on the St. Luke's website and YouTube channel. The series is a three-part dive into racist violence and redemption.
Leaving the Security of Our Tribes
Part 1: Hate as Addition
Chris Buckley was a leader in the Georgia Ku Klux Klan movement and a violent white supremacist. His wife, Melissa, sensed that his devotion to hate-based violence was functioning as an addiction and that her husband needed intervention. The story culminates in a miraculous transformation and liberation of Chris from his hate addiction using the 12-step model. Ed Bacon will interview Chris, his wife, Melissa, and the two film makers who are documenting this redemptive story. (https://www.clarkstonfilm.com/film) This Forum will go to the heart of hate-based violence and how individuals and the U.S. can be transformed. Ed will connect the dots between the Buckleys’ story and the Christian Nationalist movement that fueled the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Above all, this is an Easter Resurrection story.
Part 2: Healing the Addiction of Hatred
Arno Michaelis’s presence in the life of Chris Buckley brought the Ku Klux Klan leader out of the White Nationalism movement and helped liberate a practicing violent white supremacist. Dr. Heval Kelli helped Chris Buckley find a way out of toxic Islamaphobia that Buckley had nursed since fighting in the Afghanistan War. Ed Bacon interviews Michaelis and Kelli, a Buddhist and a Muslim, unpacking the practical practice and power of “unconditional compassion” for making persons and our nation Whole. The two film makers who are documenting this redemptive story. (https://www.clarkstonfilm.com/film) will be present This Forum will go to the heart of hate-based violence and how individuals and the U.S. can be transformed.
Part 3: Healing Gang Violence