Class on Forgiveness

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

We all know the importance of forgiveness, how Jesus calls us to forgive not 7 times but 77! Yet the process of forgiving can be extremely challenging, and most of us would admit we have some work to do in this area. FUMC will be offering a six-week class, using Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s book on forgiveness as a model. Rev. Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize and was appointed chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression.

The class will explore what forgiveness is and what it is not (it is not forgetting nor does is subvert justice). We will also learn about Tutu’s Fourfold Path of forgiveness and discuss how this relates to our own experiences. In the book’s introduction, Tutu makes the bold claim that “there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and there is no one undeserving of forgiveness.” In this class, we will explore and work with our reactions to this claim.

Forgiveness matters, which may be why Jesus emphasized it so. Again to quote Tutu: “In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again.” The path of forgiveness is not an easy one, but it is the path toward freedom and peace.

This Zoom class will be led by Rev. Jenny Caughman, meeting from 7:00–8:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays, beginning October 20. Participants may choose to read Archbishop Tutu’s book but it will not be required. You can register either online or by calling the church office (483.4357). For more information, contact Jenny Caughman.

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