Practicing the Science and Art of Forgiveness: Beginning a Transformative Journey
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | College Hall
The SJI convened a one-day conference on Social Justice, focused specifically on Forgiveness as a critical component of social justice. While future gatherings will explore other components (including compassion, empathy, and healing), the SJI first focused on forgiveness as one piece of the journey to healing ourselves, and our relationships with others in our families, organizations, and communities.
The conference held on May 4, 2017 was designed to provide interactive experiences as well as evidence-based research to enable participants to reflect on their journeys and continue to explore what forgiveness meant to each of them. We explored this through 3 perspectives, looking at:
- The internal process of forgiveness
- How forgiveness impacts relationships
- The impact of forgiveness on communities and policies
We welcomed all who are on various paths toward forgiveness, no matter how ready we all may have been to forgive, or if we have decided to not forgive particular experiences, hurts, and individuals.
National and local speakers, panelists, and leaders of smaller group discussions joined the day sharing the meaning of forgiveness in their own lives and offering their expertise and perspectives to address how forgiveness impacts us all.