Quiet Day – Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn't

Forgiveness: What It Is and What It Isn't


A Quiet Day & Lunch with Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

The General Theological Seminary

When Peter asked Jesus how many times he needed to forgive someone who sinned against him, he hoped the answer would be "seven." But no: it was seventy times seven, which is 490. A lot. Oh dear–that's more than any of us could even approach, tending as we do toward vengeance.

But maybe we have not understood what it really means to forgive, whether it's other people or ourselves. We will explore many ideas about forgiveness you may have grown up with, and come away with a new freedom from the paralysis of chronic regret and ancient anger.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director, and author of many books including, most recently, The Courage to Grow Old and Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet. She heads the Geranium Farm, an online institute for the promotion of spiritual growth and practice. She leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.

This Quiet Day will be offered in conjunction with her week-long seminary course on Retreats and Quiet Days Leadership, in which students learn about designing and leading structured, prayerful time apart from the busy pace of daily life. The course may be audited or taken for academic credit. To learn more about the course, visit gts.edu/summer.

The Quiet Day is open to the public and will include talks by Mother Crafton, quiet time, opportunities for sharing, and lunch.

To register go to: craftonquietday2015.eventbrite.com