Forgiveness: optional or mandatory?

By Press Office
August 6, 2012

Forgiveness is not proprietary to the church, it is ‘open source’ technology belonging to all humans.

Why, then, is it so important to faith communities? Do the scriptures of the great faiths really teach us how to practise this ‘counter-intuitive’ choice?

How can we be kind, positive or healing when forgiveness does not seem not an option?

This conversation on Monday 6 August, 6pm - 7.15pm, is part of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh, sponsored by faith and civic groups, the Scottish government, the University of Edinburgh and Ekklesia. It costs £6.50 (£4.50 concessions), with the proceeds going to charity.

The venue is St John’s Church (Venue 127) at the crossroads of Princes Street and Lothian Road, Edinburgh.

Dr Stephen Cherry, Canon of Durham Cathedral; Olivier Clerc, the author of ‘The Gift of Forgiveness’; and Sue Hanisch from the Forgiveness Project.

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