The “Love and Forgiveness in Governance” Symposium will be held From November 13 to 14, at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Love and forgiveness are two universal values practiced throughout the world, which seem to transcend race, culture, and nationality. While experience reveals that leaders at all levels can exemplify or build aspects of love and forgiveness into their work, the Symposium will provide a space for exploration and in depth analysis of the role of love and forgiveness in governance. The Symposium is organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio, the Berkley Center at Georgetown University, the School for Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, Center for Human and Civil Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the Center for the Thought of John Paul II, and the Fetzer Institute. By gathering international practitioners, scholars, and exemplars to share their experiences, this conference will help foster an understanding of the power and potential of love and forgiveness amongst the governing professions and beyond.
Thomas Hill, Areej Elahi-Siddiqui, Borislava Manojlovic, Kelly Njike and Thomas Ashe
One of the purposes behind the Love and Forgiveness Project is to highlight the impact that one person can make. Mahatma Gandhi is one such person who made a monumental contribution in the areas of love and forgiveness.
“We cannot be silent and cower in the face of injustice, but must have courage. To be a Christian is not just about being baptized, and true Christians live a life of love and reconciliation, not bloodshed.”
Father Xavier-Arnauld Fagba is a notable example of a leader who lives out love and forgiveness in the face of trials. As the leader of a Catholic congregation in the Central African Republic town of Boali, Father Fagba has had plenty of opportunities to decide whether to encourage peace or revenge.
Dr. Mohamed Mouldi Kefi is a retired diplomat and Tunisia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during the transitional government of 2011. D.r Kefi is an experienced diplomat with several years of experience in foreign service; he was recalled 5 years after retirement to assist in Tunisia reconciliation effort after the 2011 revolution.
One of the most notable leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement and the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Right from youth, Lewis subscribed to the philosophy, which considered suffering as redemptive.
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader and the founder of the NFWA, the first union of farm workers in America. Chavez said,“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is a native of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Southern Thailand. He received his primary and secondary education in his home province and he got his higher education in the United States.
Mandela’s name is synonymous to forgiveness, he will be remembered to have lived and died, loving and forgiving. Mandela said that “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. That’s why it’s such a powerful weapon.”
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Responding to a question on the meaning of love and forgiveness in governance, Moussa said, “It means discipline and good manners.” He further said that people should make efforts to defeat negativism and prejudices prevailing in many administrations, particularly in the third world countries.
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For 40 years, Xanana Gusmão has worked for the freedom and development of his native country of Timor-Leste. During these 40 years, Xanana Gusmão has held many roles including: resistance leader, poet, political prisoner, negotiator, diplomat, and politician. Despite the numerous and important roles he has held, one of his most famous and important roles has been as a leader of forgiveness and reconciliation in Timor-Leste.