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Introduction, Session 4: Forgiveness

In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This session introduces the second Principle, all people should be treated fairly, and through this teach what it means to forgive. Kindergarten and first grade children will have experienced some form of forgiveness, either in the forgiving or being forgiven when they have said or heard, "I'm sorry." In Hebrew scripture, the story of Joseph tells of family forgiveness that takes time. Forgiveness is seen as difficult and much needed in family life.

Participants may shares stories about conflicts that have a "winner" and a "loser" and/or lack forgiveness. If you have the opportunity, note that treating people fairly does necessarily mean treating everyone the same. Emphasize that fairness is important but treating everyone exactly the same does not always make things fair, and is often not possible. Help children understand that while it is possible to spend one's entire life focused on unfairness, a healthier alternative is to acknowledge unfairness, model fairness, then forgive and move on.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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