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Messiah helps convene civic, business, education and religious leaders from the Capital Region to explore “The Power of Forgiveness” for the greater Harrisburg community

November 4th, 2009

Read the related “Patriot-News” op-ed by Richard Hughes, Senior Fellow at the Ernest L. Boyer Center.

This group of community leaders screened the film, “The Power of Forgiveness” to explore its lessons for the city of Harrisburg and the broader community. The event, held on Oct. 31, was sponsored by the Ernest L. Boyer Center at Messiah College, in collaboration with WITF, Central Pennsylvania’s public broadcasting station, and the Central Pennsylvania Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

Produced by Martin Doblmeier, founder and president of Journey Films, “The Power of Forgiveness” is a documentary that explores how genuine forgiveness can change relationships within a given community. This film won the Sun Valley Film Festival’s Best Film Award, the Silver Screen Award from the International Film and Video Festival, the Wilbur Award and the Christopher Award. As the film’s web site describes, it includes “feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others. The film also explores the role forgiveness holds in various faiths traditions.”

Following the screening of the film, which was held at WITF’s studio in Harrisburg, community leaders engaged in conversation, along with the film’s producer, discussing the implications the film’s themes hold for the Harrisburg region. The event was facilitated by Nathan Baxter, bishop, Central Pennsylvania Diocese of the Episcopal Church; Kathleen Pavelko, president and CEO, WITF; and Richard Hughes, senior fellow, Ernest L. Boyer Center, Messiah College.

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