March 4, 2015 Editor

WN: This was prepared in 2005 for a church curriculum that was still-born. Sadly, the pastor who commissioned it had an affair with another pastor, and left the church. He has yet to ask forgiveness of the parishioners whom he harmed; of his former wife; of his children; of his extended family; etc.; etc. Very sad…

An excerpt:

Forgiveness is not only the ultimate “craft” for all wishing to become fully human, it is also ticket to freedom and joy.

Luke Johnson, theologian, says the greatest act of forgiveness must be towards our fathers (or parents, one could add). Simone Weil, 20th century French intellectual and mystic, says the greatest act of forgiveness must be towards God. Another huge area of forgiveness must be towards ourselves.

In Clint Eastwood’s film, Unforgiven, through the violent genre of the Western which made him famous, he explores what happens to people when forgiveness is not offered, repentance for sins not made. The film unravels in a violent shoot-out at the end, where there is no redemption. It is a depiction of invariable violence elicited when one is in a state of unforgiveness.

Please click on: The Craft of Forgiveness


Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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