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BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, held its “Seventh Annual Conference on Fatherhood and Men” on Saturday, June 18th (Father’s Day weekend) in Los Angeles. BOND’s founder and president, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, was the emcee for the event that addressed serious issues facing men and families with a dose of comedy, lightheartedness and camaraderie.
Author and Salem Radio Network talk show host Larry Elder was the featured speaker at the event. He delivered a powerful talk on why black fathers matter, and gave a heartfelt testimony about his relationship with his own father. Larry talked about being estranged from his father for 10 years and what it has meant for him to reconcile with his dad. Larry writes about this in his book, “Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives… Eight Hours.”
Then, the conference transitioned into a panel discussion covering a host of issues facing men and our nation. Moderated by Jesse Lee Peterson, the panel featured Chris Patterson, business owner and restaurateur; Dr. Ryeal Simms, neuropsychologist and relationship expert; Kent E. Seton, Esq., managing partner of Seton & Associates.
The panel was dynamic, and the men were very honest. They discussed marriage, “dos and don’ts” of dating, the science of attraction, what it means to be a man, is it normal for men to be emotional, why so many men are having a difficult time finding a mate, and much more. The diverse panel had great insights, and it made for a fascinating and unique discussion.
Following the panel was the open forum and audience Q & A moderated by Jesse Lee Peterson. Jesse talked about the state of men in our nation and reminded the audience that men have a special place in the family ordained by God. “When men are weak and out of order, the family and society suffer,” said Jesse. He added, “It’s time for men to return to manhood.”
Jesse cited various examples of how the weakness of men is hurting society. For example, the rise of so-called “transgender rights” and how some people are trying to change the laws and convince sensible people that we should allow men and women to use the same bathrooms and showers. Jesse said, “This is all due to the weakness of men, and things won’t get better until men are restored back to their natural state.” Then, the forum opened up to audience participation and Q & A.
Afterwards, the guys gathered on the patio to relax and enjoy mouthwatering food catered by Komodofood.com. There were also raffle drawings for various prizes including Larry Elder’s book.
Overall, the evening was a success, and everyone left equipped with real tools they could apply right away to help improve their quality of life and relationships.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this event possible. View list of sponsors here.
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Full conference video will be available next week. Watch the panel discussion here:
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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