Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Sun, 05/15/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for the screening of clips from the PBS film that explores forgiveness through a compelling range of stories, and then participate in a group discussion.

As part of the National Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, WXXI, The Upstate New York Rochester Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), and the Downtown Community Forum (DCF) present a screening of clips from the PBS film, Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate, followed by a discussion. The event will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Downtown Community Forum, Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary's Place, Rochester, NY. The event is free, and open to the public. (Free parking in front of St. Mary's Church, and Excellus BCBS parking garage off Woodbury Blvd.)

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate provides an intimate look into the spontaneous outpouring of forgiveness: from the Amish families for the 2006 shooting of their children in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; the struggle of ’60s radicals to cope with the serious consequences of their violent acts of protest; the shattering of a family after the mother abandons them, only to return seeking forgiveness; the legacy and divisiveness of apartheid and the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa; the penitential journey of a modern-day Germany, confronting the horrific acts of the Holocaust; and the riveting stories of survivors of the unimaginably, brutal Rwandan genocide.

Once a uniquely religious word, forgiveness now is changing and there is no consensus about what it is and what it is becoming. However you define forgiveness, its power is real — and never more so when it struggles with the unforgivable. Whitney’s multi-layered film explores the overarching concept of forgiveness. Inevitably, as Whitney reveals, its new role in the world raises serious and complex questions: why is forgiveness in the air today; what does that say about us and the times we live in; what are its power, its limitations and in some instances its dangers; has it been cheapened or deepened … or both?

To read or listen to local Stories of Love & Forgiveness, visit

Community conversations partners include: NCBI, The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc,. The Center for Youth Services, Inc., Grace United Methodist Church, and the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley. Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate is provided by the Fetzer Institute and the John Templeton Foundation.