Historically in the church forgiveness has generally been connected with individual practice, while the significance of forgiveness in the public arena has largely been eclipsed by emphases on more retributive understandings of justice. Yet interest in forgiveness is increasing in a number of spheres, encompassing both the personal and the public.
Forgiveness is a journey. Today you can forgive and tomorrow you can feel the pain all over again.
I know Bishop Semantu, amongst others, have been very vocal in supporting the development of the principles of restorative justice, but…
Is the Church missing a trick by not getting behind these kinds of projects with more energy?
Surely we have so much wisdom to offer in this area. If you’re reading this and have a view – please do leave a comment 🙂