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The Campaign for Love & Forgiveness combines public television programming, community activities and events and on-line discussions to encourage contemplation and conversation about how love and forgiveness can effect meaningful change in individuals and society.

Completed Activities


Film Screening/Community Forum Traces of the Trade
March 2009 — UICA in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Acclaimed Filmmaker Katrina Browne & internationally renowned artist Paul Collins engaged with 150 audience members who attended a community forum to view and discuss Katrina’s award winning film, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. This film Follows Katrina Browne as she comes to terms with a troubling discovery - her New England Ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. History. John Van Regenmorter of Bethany Christian Services led this discussion. Artwork by Paul Collins was on display.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
January 2009 — Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo Michigan

In observance of International Holocaust Remembrance day, a special screening and discussion event took place at Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo of the award winning PBS documentary, Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah and meet with Ms. Tova Friedman who is featured in this film. Tova was taken to the notorious Auschwitz death camp at age 5 1/2. Listen to her story of endurance, hope, and need to respect diversity. Produced by WGVU-TV, the local PBS service for west and southwest Michigan, this film has been broadcast nationwide.

In 2010 a new partner will help us explore whether some acts are unforgivable? She is Tova Friedman (left) a child survivor of the Holocaust featured in the WGVU award winning documentary, Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah.

Click here to see Tova on NBC Today Show

Information about WGVU Documentary

Ms. Tova Friedman
Tova pictured in 2006 at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan showing her tattoo while standing in front of a photo of her taken when she was 6 years old at the liberation of Auschwitz 1945.

Film Screening & Discussion of the Power of ForgivenessJanuary 2009 — Three Rivers Public Library in Three Rivers, Michigan

A film screening and discussion of the award winning PBS documentary, The Power of Forgiveness, was held at Three Rivers Public Library in conjunction with their Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness, the five-part reading and discussion series developed through a grant by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute's Campaign for Love & Forgiveness: http://www.threeriverslibrary.org

Introduction of Love & Forgiveness “Conversation Starter Cards�
December 2008 — Kalamazoo Rotary

Members of the Kalamazoo Rotary were among the first to use the newly introduced Love & Forgiveness Conversation Starter Cards www.fetzer.org/loveandforgive/take-action/start-conversations developed by the Fetzer Institute. Nearly fifty Rotarians secured decks of these cards to use in a variety of settings, including the workplace, at home, in coffee shops, and in divorce adjustment seminars.

GVSU Day of Peace, Love & Forgiveness
October 2008 — Allendale, Michigan

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at Grand Valley State University participated in the GVSU Day of Peace, Love & Forgiveness, which included peace buttons, literature and music at the Peace Booth and a film screening and discussion of the award winning PBS film, The Power of Forgiveness.

Film Screening & Discussion of The Power of Forgiveness
September 2008 — Kalamazoo Public Library, Main Branch

Seventy five people turned out for a screening and discussion of the award winning documentary, The Power of Forgiveness. The lively discussion was facilitated by Mr. Barry Burnside, an expert mediator with Gryphon Place, one of the project partners.

Film Screening & Discussion of The Power of Forgiveness
May 2008 — Kalamazoo Public Library, Oshtemo Branch

Barry Burnside of Gryphon Place led a screening and discussion of the award winning PBS documentary, The Power of Forgiveness http://www.thepowerofforgiveness.com

Conversations with Women in Transition
April 2008 — Battle Creek

Member of the Women’s Coop in Battle Creek participated in a series of four conversations on the power of love & forgiveness using manuals and films provided by the Fetzer Institute.

Conversations with College Students
March 2008 — Grand Valley State University

Students who participated in conversations on forgiveness learned form one another as they used tools to help them examine issues in their own lives.

WGVU Newsmakers — February 13, 2008

A discussion with Patrick Kamau, of Bethany Christian Services, and Ida Nagbe, a refugee from Liberia, on their participation in conversations about love and forgiveness. Bethany and several other organizations are partnering with WGVU in The Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, a project of the Fetzer Institute.

Conversations with Refugees
December 2007 — Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services, a partner in the local Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, completed a series of four facilitated conversations about love and forgiveness with refugees from Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia and Somalia. The facilitator of these conversations was Patrick Kamau, a pastor, Master level therapist, and a doctoral student in Supervisory Counseling. According to Patrick, a Kenyan who speaks Swahili, Kikuyu and English fluently, participants are in various stages of change in the process (in relation to love and forgiveness); including precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and a few are in the termination stage. These participants have different levels of need. In fact some are still struggling with the question, how can I forgive? My joy is that they are thinking and talking about love and forgiveness. My goal is to help them past the action stage.

For more than thirty years, since the fall of Saigon, Bethany Christian Services has been a leader assisting refugees from around the world adjusting to a new culture, understanding and overcoming barriers to their new life, and helping them protect their cultures of origin while relieving their painful memories of horrors and atrocities suffered in their journey to their new homes.


Forgiveness Sunday
September 2007 — Battle Creek, Michigan

Fourteen churches located in Battle Creek and one church in Ypsilanti participated in "Forgiveness Sunday" when each used their sermon to address the topic of forgiveness. Following the service, campaign flyers were available promoting the website, loveandforgive.org. Participating churches included, Trinity United Methodist Church, United First Salem Missionary Baptist Church Ministerial Alliance, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, St. Elias Eastern Orthodox Church, Life Empowerment Ministries, Immanuel Church of God, First Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Second Missionary Baptist Church, Washington Heights UMC, Emmanuel Covenant Church, Central Christian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Restoration Life Church.

Year 2 Kick off Event
August 2007 — Battle Creek, Michigan

The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism and WGVU Public Broadcasting hosted this Year 2 Kick Off event at the Burnham Brook Center. Activities included a dinner, presentations, a screening of the Year 1 & Year 2 documentaries, The Mystery of Love and The Power of Forgiveness.

This evening did a good job of illustrating the relationship of love to forgiveness by bringing together participates from year one conversations with people who will be involved during year two through conversations facilitated by one of the partners, the National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism. Both The Mystery of Love and Power of Forgiveness were screened in order to provide a context of the overall project.

100 attendees were from several organizations, including: The City of Battle Creek, The Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek Public Schools, Bethany Christian Services, The Fetzer Institute, ISAAC (Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community), JONAH (Joint-Religious Organizing Network for Action & Hope), Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kellogg, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), Miller College, The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism, NIBC (Neighborhoods Inc. of Battle Creek), Olivet College, Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan, the City of Springfield, Trinity Lutheran Church, VAMC (VA Medical Center), Women's Coop, WGVU Public Broadcasting, and Willard Library.


About the Campaign for Love & Forgiveness
December 2006 — WGVU Radio Interview

The local Campaign for Love & Forgiveness involves three documentaries, facilitated group conversations, and a series of community activities to explore how love and forgiveness can transform lives and communities.

WGVU Radio Interview - Part 1
WGVU Radio Interview - Part 2