Dr. Charles McNeil, L.M.F.T
Retired UM Clergy, Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Adjunct Professor, Drew Theological School
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Seminary Hall, Room 205
Too often the proactive practice of forgiveness resembles the proverbial statement about the weather: many talk about it, but few do anything about it. In spite of overwhelming pain of hurt and loss, forgiveness can be taught and learned and can have favorable outcomes. When practiced, it has been shown to improve spiritual, emotional and physical health, including the improving cardiovascular function; diminishing chronic pain; reducing feelings of restlessness, nervousness, and hopelessness; relieving depression and enhanciing the quality of life.
This class is designed to identify and share spiritual understandings, psychological principals, and practical techniques regarding the basics of learning to forgive: 1) The basic concept of forgiveness: Letting go. 2) The benefits of forgiveness: Freeing oneself from the anger for being treated unfairly. 3) The understanding that revenge (actively practiced or passively reviewed repeatedly in the imagination) is only going to prolong making the offended one feel awful. Forgiveness may be a long, painful and difficult process, but it has the power to replace anger, bitterness, and resentment; which beyond the initial painful circumstances, continue to do additional damage to the offended party. Forgiveness can be the transitional point from a painful past to a more positive future.