“Love and Forgiveness in Governance” Symposium
From 13th-14th November 2014 in Washington DC, a symposium will be held exploring the role that the values of love and forgiveness can have in governance. It will be organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Berkley Center at Georgetown University, the School for Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, Center for Human and Civil Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for the Thought of John Paul II, and the Fetzer Institute.Love and forgiveness are universal values practiced throughout the world. These two elements seem to transcend race, culture, and nationality, making them a central part of what makes us human. Despite this fact, limited research exists on the role of love and forgiveness — and its practical application — in governance structures. And experience reveals that leaders at all levels can exemplify or build aspects of love and forgiveness into their work, aiding in the advancement towards acceptance, decreased conflict, and ultimately lasting peace within their respective societies.