History, Journey, & Barriers

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Mandela and forgiveness: The power to pardon
by Erasmus
The Economist

As the life of Nelson Mandela is collectively celebrated and honored by people from every country, religion and race, this article highlights a practice that has transformed history: forgiveness. In taking a deep look at the conflicts in both South Africa and Northern Ireland, Erasmus explores both the challenges and motivations for practicing forgiveness in conflict resolution. He reminds us that “Religions don’t dictate people’s behavior in any straightforward way, especially in the midst of a conflict…But unless people can at least conceive the idea that forgiveness can be a great and noble act, they won’t understand the message delivered by a Nelson Mandela or a Gordon Wilson.” What has practicing forgiveness offered you in your life?

Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Nadia Bloz-Weber with Krista Tippett at the Wild Goose Festival
by On Being

Nadia Bolz-Weber has been on a media kick as she promotes the release of her memoir, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. As the Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where innovation meets tradition, she has become a face of the Emerging Church conversation. This unedited interview with Krista Tippett of OnBeing is a glimpse into her personal journey to ministry. Her honesty and openness are impressive--talking of death and resurrection in her life, she uses the metaphor of a Divine heart transplant, saying, "it is not a polite experience." Watch the full interview here.

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Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice
by Parth Savla
The Huffington Post

What moves you to connect with a stranger? How do those connections impact your life? In this article, Savla reflects on his interaction with the woman in front of him at a coffee shop early one morning. As she shares a glimpse of her story, his irritation turns to discomfort and is then transformed to compassion. Drawing on the Jain principle of anekantavad, he shares that “Coming back to respect for all views and the interconnectedness that comes from acknowledging that openly is definitely a cultivated practice…[but] it enables me to experience others and myself in deeper ways.” How might you put anekantavad into action?

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