This quiet day will explore Forgiveness and Forgiving — what it is and what it is not. The discussion will be based on The Book of Forgiving: Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Bishop Desmond Tutu and Mpho Andrea Tutu.
There are misconceptions of forgiveness, i.e., “forgive and forget,” and “not being able to forgive severe harmful egregious acts.” There will be presentations followed by quiet time for meditation and journaling. The Book of Forgiving has suggested exercises with each chapter. A sample of these will be presented. Having a copy of this book may be helpful, but not required.
Suggested materials that may make this quiet day more meaningful are a journal, art materials of your choice (drawing pencils, colored pencils, paints, drawing paper, etc.), images that may be used for Soul Collage, readings, poetry. You may also wish to have a photograph(s) of those you are working on forgiving, including yourself.
Mary Anne Totten, MD, is a retired geriatrics physician, who is an ordained interfaith minister from the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME). She has finished two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Havenwood-Heritage Heights, Concord, NH. Mary Anne has completed the first two units of Spiritual Direction at Adelynrood, and will finish the other two units in 2022. She has led worship services and preached on forgiveness. She also is experienced in leading small grief groups as well as groups during advent. She is partnered with Sarah McEvoy in their consulting services, ElderSoul, which focuses on spirituality in the senior population, particularly in long term care.