Can Forgiveness Heal This Vengeful Age? A Conversation for all New Yorkers with The Forgiveness Project

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Panel Discussion and Book Signing on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC

Against a background of pay-back and retaliation, these narratives of hope seem to tap into a deep public need for alternative and peaceful responses to violence.

On Tuesday, April 26, The Forgiveness Project will lead a discussion at Barnes & Noble Union Square, challenging the audience to explore the transformative power of forgiveness – a conversation among some of today’s most relevant voices. The Forgiveness Project uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

The event celebrates the US paperback publication of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age – a book of personal narratives and insight by The Forgiveness Project’s founder and journalist, Marina Cantacuzino.

This important conversation will include four people who will discuss their own personal, extraordinary journeys of transformation. Panelists include:

Phyllis Rodriguez: Ever since her son Greg was killed in the World Trade Center attacks of 2001, Phyllis Rodriguez has chosen reconciliation and nonviolence over hatred and vengeance. The film In Our Son’s Name, released last year, revealed an intimate portrait of Phyllis and her husband Orlando in their search for meaning as they re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.

Scarlett Lewis’ 6-year-old son was one of 20 children murdered by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Since then, Scarlett has founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to help children choose a life without fear and hate. In 2013, she published Nurturing Healing Love.

Matthew Shurka: In 2004 when Matthew Shurka was 16, his father took him to a licensed therapist who claimed he could make gay people straight. As a result, the relationship between father and son broke down. Matthew is now a prominent activist working to end conversion therapy as the Ambassador to the #BornPerfect campaign.

Father Michael Lapsley is an Anglican priest who in his struggle against apartheid, opened a letter bomb that nearly killed him. Fr. Lapsley founded The Institute for Healing of Memories, drawing on his own experience of trauma to promote the healing of others. His memoir Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer was published by in 2013.

Here’s a link to the event:

Learn more about The Forgiveness Project at

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

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