Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive. (C. S. Lewis)

Most of us sense that forgiveness is a good thing, something we should probably do. But less of us know what this actually means. Do we simply “forgive and forget”? This might be appropriate if a friend is 10 minutes late for lunch but what if a friend has betrayed us? What if a colleague has damaged our reputation at work? What if someone has abused us and gone unpunished? Are there limits to what we can reasonably forgive?

These and other questions quickly reveal how difficult forgiveness actually is. This session invites participants to consider the complexities of forgiveness as well as some initial steps in this direction.

This session will explore:

  • the challenges of forgiveness
  • the possibilities of shaping a different future
  • initial steps toward forgiving