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ForgivenessNet exists to inspire

powerful forgiveness, and to help to make ideas about forgiveness larger and deeper

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Browse the main pages in the top border,

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Frequently asked questions, with short and long answers

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Is forgiveness

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Should forgiveness be unconditional?

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"People - they get trapped in their own history unless someone shows them a way out" (Unstrung Heroes)*

horsehead-s.jpg (5926 bytes)Forgiveness is the most powerful step that people, organisations and even nations can take to bring about transformation and growth. 

It is central to all human development, though we can easily overlook its power, too often associating it merely with certain religious rituals or with weak or soft responses.

Forgiveness does not only have one level.  It's not simply "either you can or you can't."   There are different levels of forgiveness:

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Gift   Forgiveness is an incredible gift and empowerment to be received - see You are forgiven.

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Healing   And forgiving other people is a wonderful healing whenever we are trapped into judging and condemning others.

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Leadership   Most radically, full forgiveness is an act of leadership, a vital power to transform other people's lives. It involves replacing bad judgement with good judgement.

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Renewal   The practice of forgiveness or lack of it is the most basic criterion for evaluating spiritual and religious institutions, and the key to their renewal or transformation

Try visiting The dimensions of forgiveness for a fresh view of where you are and what you mean by 'forgiveness.'

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Regular updates are added throughout the site (see column on this page).  A full linked index of main themes is also provided for easy navigation around the site, and also a full linked index of names.

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*"Unstrung Heroes" (1995) - movie writer Richard LaGravenese, director Diane Keaton

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recent updates

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(January, June & July we take a holiday)

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April/May e-letter : Is integrity more important than forgiving? (available from 21 April - free sign-up, just send 'subscribe' email) 21.04.06
Stories : Offering maternal comfort to my daughter's killer (Mary Foley) 19.04.06
Images + Words : Grief doesn't comfort grief (Nicholas Roeg) 18.04.06
Insights : Overcoming hatred with compassion (Clive Stafford Smith) 17.04.06
Stories : Free to choose? (David & Stephen Koepp) 14.02.06
Stories : A mother forgives her son's killers (BBC News) 14.02.06

and do

re-visit :

Insights : The line between good and evil (Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
Insights : Sharing our security - national and personal (Donald Shriver)
Insights : The core of all ethics (Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
Insights : Should the wrongdoer be made to pay? (Clive Stafford Smith)
Stories : A better way than 'justice' (The Interpreter)
Insights : Leadership and peace in the Middle East (Desmond Tutu)


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