The Art of Forgiveness: Understanding Hurt, Hope, and the Healing Journey is a two-part multi-disciplinary program inspired by Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 2, from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. The day’s events are below.
"Understanding forgiveness is not just for theologians or psychologists,” said Dr. James Huber, Associate Professor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and event creator. “Anyone who has ever been hurt by another may wonder what to do in daily life when the desires for justice and mercy compete for our attention and we want to get better, not bitter."
Fr. Mark Hunt stresses that forgiveness and spiritual perspective are topics discusses throughout the Bible, which will be the emphasis of his presentation.
“As circumstances beyond his control unfolded, Joseph—son of Jacob and sibling to a number of brothers and sisters—eventually had to come to grips with painful memories of brutality, betrayal, and other hurts inflicted on him by some of his brothers,” he said. “Narrated within the context of a complex family system who plunges at times into criminal activity of conspiracy, attempted murder, and human trafficking, the Book of Genesis presents Scripture’s first in-depth lesson on the power of forgiveness to heal and unleash the power of hope thus affording one a freedom to live life fully.”
Panel Discussion on Forgiveness
ETC Lobby | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Spiritual Perspectives - Fr. Mark Hunt
Restorative Justice - Dr. Michele Muni
Marriage and Family Therapy - Dr. Jim Huber
National Juried Art Exhibit on Forgiveness and Artist Reception
Holy Family University Art Gallery | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Selected artists include Robert Thurlow, Charlesey Charlton-McCallister, Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt, John Wood, Aaron T Stephens, Ed Smith, Dorothea Osborn, Colleen Sweeney Gahrmann, Marilyn Rodriguez, Michael Wartgow, and Leila Hernandez.