Love and Forgiveness in Governance

Love and forgiveness are universal values that seem to transcend race, culture, and nationality, making them a central part of what makes us human. Despite this fact, limited research exists on the role of love and forgiveness—and its practical application—in governance structures.
This conference explored the role that the values of love and forgiveness can play in governance. Panels featured international practitioners, scholars, and exemplars, which also served as a platform to explore larger trends and patterns that allow for the practical application and integration of love and forgiveness in political processes, the justice system, and conflict afflicted situations.

The conference was cosponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Center for Human and Civil Rights at the University of Notre Dame, Center for the Thought of John Paul II, Community of Sant’Egidio, Contemplatives in Action Initiative at Georgetown University's Office of the President, Fetzer Institute, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and the School for Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.


Thursday, November 13

Mindfulness Meditation on the Promotion of Peace | Dennis McAuliffe

Welcome and Keynote Address |
Tom Banchoff, Paul Bhatti, Thais Corral, Kurian Thomas

Friday, November 14

Embodying Love and Forgiveness in Society’s Political Processes | Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz, Michal Luczwewski, Borislava Manojlovic, Alwi Shihab

Facilitating Love and Forgiveness in Post Conflict Situations: Case Study Uganda | Evelyn Akullo, Angelina Atyam, Stephen Oola, Daniel Philpott

Keynote Address | Miroslav Volf

Incorporating Love and Forgiveness into the Justice System | Ibrahim Al-Hajjri, Elham Atashi, Judy Barsalou, Ed Quiko

Plenary and Keynote Session on "The Way Forward: Developing Agents of Change in Love and Forgiveness" |
Andrea Bartoli, Drew Christiansen, S.J., Thais Corral, Katherine Marshall, Jerry White

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