IEC2012 – Robert Enright on Learning Forgiveness

Professor Robert Enright

Robert Enright is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has been a leader in the scientific study of forgiveness since 1985. Time Magazine called him “the forgiveness trailblazer.” He has written over 120 publications.

Professor Enright has lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland since 2002, assisting schools with forgiveness education programmes.

Learning Forgiveness: A Pathway to Thriving

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In this session, participants will have a chance to learn a pathway to forgiveness that can help reduce anger and sadness and increase happiness despite injustices suffered in this world. This session will focus on the moral virtue of forgiveness by asking four questions:

  1. What is forgiveness and what is it not?
  2. Why forgive? This will include the question: What are the consequences when we forgive?
  3. How does one go about forgiving? I will describe one pathway that our science shows to be effective in helping people to forgive.
  4. Finally I will challenge those in attendance with a question: How can we take forgiveness into our own communities for good, for the healing of others?

Date of event Thursday 14th June

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The 50th International Eucharistic Congress took place in Dublin from 10th – 17th June 2012.  Watch videos recorded during the event by Congress volunteers.  Videos of talks and interviews with speakers also available.
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