Founded by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho, the free 30-day program is based on a systematic process of forgiving that the Tutus present in their new book, ‘The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Healing Our World’.
“Forgiving is a choice. A choice I have seen profoundly transform lives time and again,” says Archbishop Tutu. “As Nelson Mandela said when he walked free after 27 years of prison, ‘I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’ Mpho and I share a vision to bring the transformative power of forgiveness to people everywhere and to see it spread through families, communities, countries and our whole world.”
“Our culture glorifies the seductive but ultimately empty feeling of power that comes with an act of revenge or a harsh rebuke,” says the Reverend Mpho Tutu. “The Forgiveness Challenge is a corrective to these cultural forces. It provides training to strengthen our forgiveness muscles. Every time we are hurt we stand at a crossroads with two clear paths to deal with our pain—forgive and heal or lash out and harm.”
The challenge will start on May 4, 2014 and registration is currently open at ForgivenessChallenge.com. The challenge will include live Q&As and interviews with the Tutus and friends, including Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Alanis Morissette and more. Everyone registered will receive daily inspirational emails and access to an online forgiveness community. There they will be guided through practical exercises on how to forgive, have opportunities to join discussions and share their own stories. Other resources such as films, music and exclusive interviews will be available
“In my experience forgiveness cannot be forced, or arrive too early in ones’ process,” said Alanis Morissette. “It is something that is naturally arrived at when we move through our natural human emotions, and come back to the awareness of how inextricably connected we all are. I am excited to take the Challenge and welcome a whole new level of connection and warmth in my life.”
More information can be found at: http://www.ForgivenessChallenge.com. Follow the Challenge on social media.Facebook, where you can join every Friday for #forgivingfriday; Instagram; Twitter; and Google+. To find out more about The Book of Forgiving, please visit http://www.harpercollins.com.