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Seventh Annual Conference on Fatherhood and Men
June 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10
Larry Elder spoke (watch Larry’s talk) about reconciling with his father after 10 years of not talking to him, having hated his father’s angry ways as a young man. He confronted his father one day, and his father spoke of what he went through in the Jim Crow South as a black Marine Corps veteran, and as a young man who did not know his real father or even his birthday. Larry’s father was a Republican his whole life, believing Democrats pretended to give something for nothing, but really gave nothing for something (continued dependence and moral failure for votes). Larry spoke about how his older brother followed suit and talked with his father, while his younger brother, who suffered from health problems and died in his early 40s, never reconciled. He spoke of learning about how insensitive teachers compared his academic success with his younger brother’s academic mediocrity, how that bred jealousy and constant opposition from his younger brother toward him, and how Larry failed to realize as a kid why his younger brother was so spiteful toward him. Read Larry Elder’s book Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives… Eight Hours. Larry gave away about a dozen books, and stayed until the end of the night, talking with people, signing books, and taking photos.
We had lawyer Kent E. Seton, Esq., barbecue business owner Chris Patterson, and psychologist Dr. Ryeal Simms on a panel discussion (watch the panel discussion) led by Jesse, talking about what it means to be a man, men’s relationships with women, their approach to dating, sex, and marriage, how a grown son should treat his mother, the responsibility of a father and husband, and whether men should express emotions and share their emotions, weaknesses, and vulnerability with any women. All were quite honest and frank about themselves and their views — one even called Jesse’s grandfather “dysfunctional” after Jesse described his grandfather as a simple man who did not express complicated emotions in front of Jesse.
Jesse ended the presentation with an open-forum discussion (watch Jesse’s talk), in which young men opened up about their relationships and disappointments with their fathers. Jesse pointed out the fact that, in the Bible, Adam never knew a mother — he only knew his father, God. But due to Adam’s sin, we only know a mother, and never truly know our father. We must return to our father, who represents Christ (even if a weak representation of Christ), and love him, before we can say we know or love God. Men, women, and children suffer when they do not know or love their fathers.
Here are the videos (on YouTube):
After the event, people ate gourmet tacos made by Komodo, dessert by BOND ladies. Everyone who stayed received a complimentary copy of Jesse’s first book From Rage to Responsibility. We gave over a dozen raffle winnings that included copies of Larry Elder’s book, Dear Father, Dear Son, as well as gift certificates donated by local restaurants in our area (thank you very much to those supporters!). People bought Jesse’s new book The Antidote: Healing America from the Poison of Hate, Blame and Victimhood. Larry Elder and Jesse Lee Peterson both stayed long, talked with people, signed books, and took photos with people.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to our sponsors for making this the number-one Conference on Fatherhood and Men in Los Angeles.
For more info about this event, read our blog post with video: Jesse Lee Peterson and Larry Elder Headline Powerful Conference on Fatherhood and Men.
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