Exploring Forgiveness from the Perspective of Faith & Experience
- Created: 01 November 2014
Bexhill Youth and Community Centre, 10 Station Rd, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1RE
Bexhill hosted Faiths in Sussex’s Autumn Interfaith event drawing together members of Interfaith Groups from all over Sussex. Seven speakers addressed the topic, Exploring Forgiveness, ranging from Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Shakil Malik’s insightful professional analysis to Sikh, Christian, Hindu, Moslem and Jewish perspectives drawing on personal experience informed by faith.
Dr Malik spoke of the health benefits of forgiveness and the damage to our mental health caused by bitterness and hatred, while the UK Inter Faith Networks’ National Director, Dr Harriet Crabtree, drew all the contributions to a conclusion and provoked us to consider forgiveness in an inter-organisational and interfaith context.
Our local Hastings and District Interfaith Forum took the lead with funding from Community First for Central Bexhill and very active support from Bexhill Council of Christians and Jews, our local Islamic Association and Churches Together. It was a resounding success attended by 85 participants who also enjoyed the forgiveness themed cultural contributions of the Come All Nations Choir, Charles Harvey’s chants and the Pestalozzi Village Community’s young people. All concluded in the harmony of Tanzanian and Persian cuisine and traditional English cakes, accompanied by lively conversation and an interesting display introducing the Forgiveness Project.