The F-Word: Stories of Forgiveness

 The F-Word: Stories of Forgiveness is a traveling exhibit of thought-provoking photography and narrative that explores forgiveness. Drawing together voices from around the world, the exhibit examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood, and, ultimately, a journey of hope. 

     The F-Word: Stories of Forgiveness exhibition was created by The Forgiveness Project, a non-profit that uses personal stories to explore concepts of forgiveness, reconciliation, conflict resolution, and dialogue. To learn more about The Forgiveness Project, visit their website at https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/

Exhibit Hours – The exhibit is open to the public at Lexington Theological Seminary, 230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510, Mondays through Fridays, September 9-13 and 16-20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Groups may also arrange to visit the exhibit at other times).  For more information about scheduling a time to visit the exhibit, contact Rev. Kristen Bentley at kris.bentley@lextheo.edu

Exhibit Events (see full descriptions below)

Thursday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. – Remembranzas: Crossing the Borders of Amnesia

230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510 – This workshop is led by Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell, VP for Academic Affairs/Dean, and Professor of Constructive Theology, Lexington Theological Seminary 

For more information or to register for this event, contact Kris Bentley at Kris.Bentley@lextheo.edu 

Sunday, September 8, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Reception / Opening Event

230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510 – Louisa Hext, the coordinator of the North American exhibit, is the guest speaker at the receptions for the opening of the exhibit

R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, September 3, with Ms. Jaime Mulloy at jmulloy@lextheo.edu

Tuesday, September 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Why Care About Mass Incarceration?
230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 300 – This webinar (part of the LTS webinar series) led by Rev. Dean Bucalos, Executive Director, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, and Mission Specialist of the National Benevolent Association (NBA) Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group

For more information or to register for this event, contact Deena Ainslie, dainslie@lextheo.edu

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. – Forgiven and Forgiving
230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510 – This workshop led by Dr. Emily Askew, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lexington Theological Seminary.  The workshop is followed by a time for sharing stories of forgiveness (bring your own lunch and bring your own stories).

For more information or to register for this event, contact Kris Bentley at Kris.Bentley@lextheo.edu

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Exhibit Closing

230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510 – The exhibit is open 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. to mark the close of the exhibit.

For more information, contact Kris Bentley at Kris.Bentley@lextheo.edu

Workshop and Webinar Descriptions

Remembranzas: Crossing the Borders of Amnesia

Thursday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. Workshop – 230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510

Presented by Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell, VP for Academic Affairs/Dean, and Professor of Constructive Theology of Lexington Theological Seminary (For more information or to register for this event, contact Kris Bentley at Kris.Bentley@lextheo.edu )

Joseph Barndt and others have noted that two of the socializing tendencies of structural racism are that it makes people invisible, and it creates a system of amnesia. Invisibility and amnesia makes us all forget past victims of racial, sexual, heterosexual, religious, and other structural violence. This forgetfulness allows us to repeat history, and thus continue to victimize future generations. In this workshop, Dr. Martell will lead participants to create liturgies of “remembranza” (remembrance), similar to how the Jewish community “remembers” Passover and the Christian community “remembers” the Last Supper—to help us remember past, and not only present, victims of violence. More importantly, such liturgical practices will help our communities remember such violence across racial and religious barriers: that the death of one becomes the deaths of all, and therefore, in remembering, we hold a promise to struggle for the lives of all.

Why Care About Mass Incarceration?

Tuesday, September 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Webinar (on site and online)

Presented by Rev. Dean Bucalos, Executive Director, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, and Mission Specialist of the National Benevolent Association (NBA) Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group(Note:  This webinar is part of the LTS Webinar series. Registration is $10. For more information, contact Ms. Deena Ainslie, Administrative Assistant – VP of Academic Affairs and Dean, Lexington Theological Seminary, dainslie@lextheo.edu )

There are more people in prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world.  Moreover, there are a disproportionate number of people of color who are held in our prisons, jails and detention centers.  How did this happen? Can our broken criminal justice system be repaired?  How can faith communities become part of the solution?  This webinar will explore this pressing problem that affects all our communities and places of worship.

Forgiven and Forgiving

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. Workshop – 230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 510

Presented by Dr. Emily Askew, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lexington Theological Seminary

Seminary (For more information or to register for this event, contact Kris Bentley at Kris.Bentley@lextheo.edu)

In this workshop we will think together about what it means for us to be a forgiven people.  God, in God’s mercy, has forgiven us all, but does God expect that we should forgive each other in the same ways? Many of us have lived through situations of abuse or domestic violence or know of children and adults who have, what does forgiveness mean in those situations?  Are there situations we cannot and should not forgive, knowing that God can?  Is forgiveness a one-time event or a process?  Join me as we share stories and explore what God’s will is for us in forgiving.

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