The Art of Forgiveness

Wednesdays, September 11, 18, and 25, 2019, 6:45–8:15 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Facilitated by Dean Thomason
We all know what it is to be betrayed in life, and to face the deep pain and mistrust that follow, often distorting the shape of our lives forever. Forgiveness is not forgetting or pretending the betrayal did not happen. Why is forgiving so difficult…and reconciliation often even harder? Why does Jesus call us to forgive, and how can it be life-giving? In this series, we will explore forgiveness as a spiritual practice guided by the Wisdom literature of our Judeo-Christian tradition and other religions, while also exploring the works of modern theologians and psychologists as we seek to engage in this work and its healing balm in our lives.

Program is free with no registration required; optional community dinner at 6 p.m., $7.

Week One – The Art of Forgiveness (9/11/2019)

Week One Presentation Slides (pdf)

The Costly Loss of Lament by W. Brueggemann (PDF)

Week Two – The Art of Forgiveness (9/18/2019)

Week Two Presentation Slides (pdf)

Week Three – The Art of Forgiveness (9/25/2019)

Week Three Presentation Slides (pdf)