Arno Michaelis, Pardeep Singh Kaleka

The Gift of Our Wounds

Arno Michaelis, Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Talk: The Gift of Our Wounds

When a white supremacist murdered six people in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, Pardeep Kaleka was devastated. The temple leader was his father. Meanwhile, Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead and founder of one of the largest racist skinhead organizations in the world, had spent years of his life committing terrible acts in the name of white power. When he heard about the attack, he knew he had to take action. Arno and Pardeep worked together to start an organization called Serve 2 Unite, which works with students to create inclusive climate in schools. The Gift of Our Wounds is a timely reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the courage and compassion that reside within us all.

Arno Michaelis

Arno Michaelis was a founding member of what went on to become the largest racist skinhead organization on Earth. Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by the people he once hated all helped to turn Arno’s life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. Today Arno is a speaker, author, and very co-founder Serve 2 Unite.

Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Pardeep is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down during the attacks of August 5th, 2012. Pardeep grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Marquette University. He firmly believes that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and does his best to profess this through his work with Serve 2 Unite.

The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate

The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.

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