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The Art of Forgiveness


  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Description
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How will I ever forgive them for what they did?” It is a question we all wrestle with throughout our lives and at multiple points in our lives. Join Everett Worthington, professor of psychology at VCU and a leading expert in the field of forgiveness, in order to learn how to reach forgiveness in your own life.  

This 4-Week Series will build from week to week. Each week will focus on these different aspects around forgiveness:

  1. Understanding forgiveness and self-forgiveness,

  2. Learning the benefits of forgiving and the costs of holding grudges,

  3. How to forgive oneself and others more quickly, and

  4. Practicing what you’ve learned by tackling forgiveness around an event in your personal and/or professional life.

Facilitator
Everett Worthington is a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a clinical psychologist. His research and writing focus on forgiveness and other virtues, religion and spirituality, and issues related to marriage and family. His mission is to help individuals (every heart), couples and families (every home), and even communities and countries (every homeland) forgive.

Everett was counseling couples when he first became interested in the concept of forgiveness, and he began studying the topic scientifically in 1990. Since then, he has been a leader in the field of forgiveness research. From 1998 to 2005, he directed A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, a nonprofit organization that, during that time, awarded more than $6 million to studies on forgiving. He has also worked to help nurture researchers in other countries.

After the murder of his mother in 1996, Everett began thinking about how the practice of forgiveness relates to justice, faith, and virtue — a main theme of his recent work. While he forgave the murderer, as did his brother and sister, the emotional fallout was devastating, and in 2005, his brother committed suicide. In addition to studying forgiveness of others, Everett drew on his own feelings of guilt and self-condemnation, and added the study of self-forgiveness to his interests. Learn more about Everett Worthington.

Cost
$200.00  -  Price
$100.00  -  Member Price
$125.00  -  Special (Member Admission + 1 Year Membership to Chrysalis 50% off)

Date
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays, April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (4-Week Series)

Location
Chrysalis Institute
213 Roseneath Rd.

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