An Odyssey Toward Forgiveness
At the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, Pa., a short film and conversation exploring three perspectives on healing, "An Odyssey Toward Forgiveness" was facilitated by Ulysses Butch Slaughter, Debra Bowen, and Mariah Fenton Gladis.
Ulysses Butch Slaughter, Author, Filmmaker, Teacher
Ulysses "Butch" Slaughter is an emerging global thought leader advocating radical, relentless reconciliation through The Ultimate Practice of Forgiving. It is through his incredible real life experiences, not lofty philosophies or academic research, that he supports, informs, and inspires thousands around the world. Ulysses has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Network and The Dr. Phil Show.
Debra Bowen, Rabbi, Temple Beth'El
Debra Bowen leads a 66-year-old, thriving, primarily African American synagogue in West Oak Lane, founded by her mother, Louise Dailey. In a February 2017 article in the Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Bowen said, “We don’t fit in anybody’s box. There’s nothing quite like our community.” Debra worked closely with her mother during her lifetime, and assisted in many of her religious duties. She received her ordination after years of studies under her tutelage. She is currently a member of Bechol Lashon, a Think Tank, sponsored by the Institute of Jewish and Community Research in San Francisco, dedicated to finding ways to create a culture of welcoming in the Jewish Community.
Mariah Fenton Gladis
Mariah Fenton Gladis (1948-2018) was a psychotherapist and Founder of the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center. Her mission "to provide free programs that brings love, compassion, and programs that bring love, compassion, and forgiveness to individuals, families, and communities who have a desire to live better lives", carries on today with her legacy. Many people were touched by Mariah`s Life of Love, for everyone and everything. A dear friend and member of our SJI Advisory Council, Mariah will be forever loved and remembered by many.