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Forgiveness: Human or Divine?

Nov 04, 2009

from Josh Ruxin's entry on Huffington Post:

Earlier this month the film As We Forgive, a documentary about Rwanda, was released on DVD (check out the trailer here). It does not chronicle the 1994 genocide, but what has come after: Rwanda's struggle to rebuild itself.

....this film focuses on the theme of forgiveness. Can a woman not only forgive the man who killed her husband, her child, her mother, but accept him as her friend and neighbor? Can a man forgive himself for the brutal act he committed when neither the state nor his victim is asking for payment? Is closure possible here? As We Forgive, which won the 2008 Student Academy Award for best documentary, grapples with these complex issues.

....Additionally, Hinson has launched the Living Bricks Campaign, a practical reconciliation project to help repentant ex-genocide prisoners construct much-needed housing for the survivors in their community. She also began the 4GIVE campaign to encourage audiences to be a voice of reconciliation in their communities. Viewing "giving" as a central feature of "forgiveness," the 4GIVE campaign guides audiences to discuss the power of the 4 "gives": (give) truth + (give) mercy + (give) hope + (give) back (find more information here.

Read the whole blog entry. Among the groups doing work portrayed by Hinson is Prison Fellowship Rwanda (Prison Fellowship International sponsors this website), and the Living Bricks Campaign supports construction of "Reconciliation Villages" by PF Rwanda.

A book by Catherine Claire Larson with the same title as the documentary describes the stories in more detail and adds reflections on the elements of forgiveness.

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