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Harnessing the Power of Our Transformational Will with Pardeep Kaleka

An evening with Pardeep Kaleka Tuesday, November 8

Our family’s story is one of many who journey to a new land in the hope of a better life than the one we would have led if we had stayed in our homelands. It is the story of the immigrant and the "American Dream."

Our American Dream was severely interrupted on August 5, 2012, when a white-supremacist Neo-Nazi skinhead entered our most sacred spiritual center and killed seven worshippers that day, one of them being my father and Temple President, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

While this attack at our most vulnerable devastated our small minority community, it also galvanized us and connected us to a broader spiritual community. We engaged in a process of communal healing in an effort to teach the world that we are more than what happens to us.

In collective grief, we realized that healing is both individual and communal. In order to heal, we must be lovingly challenged to get to a better space. The man who challenged my personal trauma was the most unlikely ally, Arno Michaelis, the man who started the skinhead Neo-Nazi organization that the shooter pledged allegiance to.

The greatest lesson that I learned from Arno is that “hurt people, hurt people,” because pain that is not processed is either transferred or consumed. This understanding allowed for a forgiveness to settle in my heart which in turn allowed me to be free and regain power over my life.

Today, I am a husband, a father of four, a community leader, trauma therapist, author, and Director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. It is clear that our journey to a post-traumatic America, whether individual or communal, requires a process of healing through the "transformational will" that lives in us all.

Registration is closed for this program.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022; 6:30pm-8:00pm CT
Cost: $15

Please register by Thursday, November 3. By registering early, you assist us in providing quality organization and administration of our retreats and programs. We want to be fully prepared for your arrival with adequate staffing, supplies, and room arrangements. We make every effort to avoid canceling retreats and programs. However, most of these events require a minimum enrollment to move forward. Registering early can help assure that the retreats and programming you look forward to participating in can happen.

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to "Siena Retreat Center". Payment must be received to complete registration.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

To turn a day or an evening program into an overnight retretreat, please contact our Arrangements Coordinator via email or at (262) 898-2580.

Pardeep Kaleka is the executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, a de-radicalization expert, and a trauma-focused clinical therapist. As a first-generation immigrant from India, Pardeep has spent more than 20 years in the public arenas of law enforcement, education, and social services. As a consultant he has developed policies and practices to help mental health workers, social service practitioners, law enforcement agents, and educators build healthier, safer, more inclusive communities. He is the author of The Gifts of Our Wounds and award-winning
community columnist on community health.
In 2012, following the hate killings at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple, he founded Serve2Unite, an organization nationally recognized for bridging school and community groups. Today, he helps families steer their loved ones away from domestic and foreign violent extremism as a clinician with Parents4Peace and works towards building faith and cultural inclusivity.

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