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Global Gathering Showcases Love and Forgiveness

  • A Global Gathering The Pilgrimage of Love and Forgivemess September 19-23, 2012 Hosted in Assisi, Italy by the Fetzer Institute Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • Loving Devotion: Visions of Vishnu from the Newark Museum On display at the Monte Frumentario during the Global Gathering Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • Assisi A medieval town 90 miles north of Rome amid Umbria's rolling hills Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • Arches Franciscan monastery, Assisi Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

Global Gathering Showcases Love and Forgiveness

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Bringing together 500 thought leaders from around the world, the September gathering in Assisi addressed these and other compelling questions related to the power love and forgiveness can have in the world.

"Fetzer's work helps bring the transformative power of love and forgiveness into the center of individual and collective lives," said Institute President and CEO Lawrence E. Sullivan.  "Our global gathering was the foremost conference yet in bringing together top scientists and professionals with unique examples of love and forgiveness in order to learn how underlying principles can be taught to others."

Examples included community leaders using forgiveness to heal wounds in war-torn Uganda and grassroots activists “paying it forward” with compassion and service to bridge racial divisions in inner-city Chicago. Experts shared their insights on love and forgiveness at work in a wide range of disciplines, spanning law, business, health care, the world of sports, and more.

The event also featured art exhibitions and cultural events open to the public, and the Institute invited others worldwide to join in demonstrating what its founder John Fetzer called “the most powerful force in the world,” love.

Images and impressions from the Global Gathering in Assisi