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Knight Reading 2023-2024: Everyday Ubuntu

The Power of the F-Word--Forgiveness

Forgiveness centers the possibilities that come from a future in which we understand and accept one another. It is also one that centers compassionate faith that others will do what is right and just when we have been shown otherwise and recognize that we are no better. Forgiveness challenges us to "embrace our humanity and not deny it" (p.147) while also calling us to recognize that the person we may need to forgive the most is ourselves. 

  • Are there limits to forgiveness?
  • How do you define forgiveness for yourself?
  • When was the last time you intentionally forgave yourself for something?

Additional Context

This lesson focuses on forgiveness--not only of others, but of ourselves as well. This can be especially challenging when our mental health prepares additional hurdles for us. Fortunately, there are ways to seek support in this especially by taking advantage of the counseling services available on the third floor of Vogel Library. Additionally, the article below was cited in Everyday Ubuntu on forgiveness and post-traumatic stress events.

  • Cerci, D., & Colucci, E. (2018). Forgiveness in PTSD after man-made traumatic events: A systematic review. Traumatology: An International Journal, 24(1), 47-54. doi:

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