Journey Toward Forgiveness
documentary originally for ABC TV
"Forgive and forget."
"Forgive your brother seventy times seven."
These ideals can seem unrealistic. They are at times even inappropriate, when we are numb from events like the September 11 attacks. Often we are too overpowered by anger and hurt to even consider forgiving.
When we are ready to explore forgiveness, we don't know where to start, how long it will take, what steps may be involved, or where to turn for help.
While this documentary was not planned in response to the September 11 events, the stories nevertheless speak to emotions we have all felt in grief's aftermath.
Although Alexander Pope said that "to err is human, to forgive divine," that doesn't mean that forgiveness is impossible or unattainable. The documentary Journey Toward Forgiveness, chronicles several stories of people at different stages of forgiveness. Some are not even ready to forgive, and others have been on a lifelong trek towards that goal.
This website augments the stories from the documentary to give you practical advice, inspiration, and resources for facing forgiveness issues in your own life.
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget."
Thomas Szasz, "Personal Conduct," The Second Sin (1973).
A production of the National Council of Churches
Produced for the NCC by Mennonite Media
A presentation of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission