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Introduction, Session 4: Building A Community Of Forgiveness

In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. — Marianne Williamson

Ideally, a faith community is the place to practice repentance and forgiveness, the better to use them in the world outside. This session explores pathways to forgiveness.

When a child feels wronged, the impulse toward revenge and retaliation may invite more creative possibility than forgiveness. Many children, too, have experienced (or offered) insincere apologies, perhaps when an adult mediator's goal was to achieve a temporary peace. This session teaches that as liberating as an apology can be for both the aggrieved and errant parties, true forgiveness is only sustainable in the context of justice. Repairing a broken covenant takes sincere intent and deliberate practice. Children in this session begin to learn the appropriate skills.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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