A Universal Peace Federation (UPF) event, 'Forgiveness for the Future', was held on Saturday 8th September in London UPF HQ. This is part of a series of conferences over the last four years. The first session was chaired by Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke who began with a minutes silence for UPF Founder, Rev Sun Myung Moon. He read some words of Father Moon on forgiveness. Jo Berry gave a personal testimony of working for the greater good with Patrick McGee who was responsible for the death of her father during the Brighton Bombing. Brian Frost described the significance of the symbolic gesture, the expressions of regret and the care of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that comforted the hearts of the Irish people during her visit to Dublin earlier this year. (Photo Link)
Forgiveness for the Future
Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke: World Congress of Faiths
Marina Cantacuzino: The Forgiveness Project (TFP)
Jo Berry: Building Bridges of Peace
Brian Frost: Ecumenist and Writer on Forgiveness
2pm-6pm Saturday 8th September, 2012 – Refreshments at 1.30pm
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
Sukhbir Singh came to present the words of Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh on the Charter of Forgiveness. This Charter adds to the Charter of Compassion that Karen Armstrong and others have initiated. The work on the Charter began four or five years ago and it is not yet finished.
Forgiving is an activity necessary for healing and reconciliation and the overcoming of legacies and memories of injustice, conflicts and wars of the past. This allows people to be liberated from being imprisoned in the past and allows the grace of the Divine to restore peace and harmony among individuals and communities.
I agree with Marina Cantacuzino that forgiveness is not the exclusive property of Christianity. He quoted several faiths scriptures on forgiveness and reconciliation.
‘The best deed of a great man is to forgive and forget.’ Islam (Shiite). Nahjul Balagha, Saying 201
‘Where there is forgiveness, there is God Himself.’ Sikhism. Adi Granth, Shalok, Kabir, p. 1372
‘The superior man tends to forgive wrongs and deals leniently with crimes.’ Confucianism. I Ching 40: Release
‘Who takes vengeance or bears a grudge acts like one who, having cut one hand while handling a knife, avenges himself by stabbing the other hand.’ Judaism. Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9.4