To forgive is to work toward reducing resentment and offering goodness of some kind to those who have not been good to you. To forgive is not to give in to injustice or to excuse wrong-doing. Forgiveness is from a position of strength, not weakness. As forgiveness frees a person from debilitating resentments, then he or she has more vitality to see clearly and to pursue a better way with family, community, and the larger society.
Day 1 concerns interfaith dialogue among Jewish, Christian, and Muslimxperts discussing what the term “to forgive” means within their own belief system and how that knowledge of forgiveness can be used to
enhance interfaith dialogue. Internationally notable speakers will participate: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (this year’s recipient of the Templeton Prize), Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, the Philippines, and Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia. All are world-renown within their own faith
Day 2 focuses on forgiveness education with educators from Belfast, Athens, Lebanon, the US, and the Galilee or Jerusalem areas discussing how they implement forgiveness education for children
and adolescents. You may gain insights on how to bring forgiveness within your own family and community. There will be opportunities to: 1) hear personal testimonies of those who have forgiven much and 2) share your own view.
The conference will take place at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center. More information is on our website at the top of our homepage.