THE POWER of FORGIVENESS explores recent research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness on individuals and within relationships under a wide variety of conditions and translates it into a popular, accessible documentary film for national public television. This includes feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others. The film also explores the role forgiveness holds in various faiths traditions. It provides an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to. We see in the film that there are transgressions people find themselves unwilling or unable to forgive. Through character-driven stories the film shows the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with it.
Guest Speakers to lead Audience Discussion
David’s childhood began in 1943. It was affected by physical and emotional abuse and the terror of potential nuclear war. In the late 1960’s he marched on the Pentagon and filed for conscientious objector status. In 2004 David campaigned for Dennis Kucinich’s bid for the Presidency, became the Oregon Coordinator of the campaign for a US Department of Peace and later served on the board of The Peace Alliance. He now devotes his time to advocating for Eugene citizens to identify themselves as a City of Peace and tinkering with his electric cycle-car.
Gary Baran is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and served as executive director of the Center from 1998 until 2006; a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (inactive); and a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. He has led workshops on compassionate communication for students, faculty and staff at many colleges and universities; for parents, teachers and staff in public and private schools; for prison inmates; for business managers and employees; and for various other groups and organizations.