Imagining a Day of Forgiveness (1)

Possible elements of the vision

Can you imagine activities in your own town that will build toward a day on which the world forgives, resolves differences, conciliates and begins to harmonize — a Global Day of Forgiveness and Reconciliation? I can.

People to people

Neighbors and family members ring each other's doorbells or telephone and ask for or offer forgiveness. Towns and cities on opposite sides of country borders invite one another to forgiveness and reconciliation ceremonies and celebrations.

Religious congregations accept responsibility for the acts of their religion and ask forgiveness. Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other religious venues echo with prayers, sermons, and discourses on the religious, spiritual, and emotional meaning and benefits of forgiveness.

People acknowledge the sins of their fathers. Native Americans, African Americans and World War II Japanese interns receive apologies from the rest of us. Ethnic and religious groups invite others to celebrations and ceremonies of reconciliation.

Public events

There are ceremonies, parades, cookouts, street celebrations and other events. A Global Flag (like the flag that bears the Apollo 17 image of the Earth) is displayed above or beside the national flag.

Forgiveness Walls are erected in public places. Individuals and groups post Forgiveness Notes and declare their intentions, anonymously or otherwise.

Imagining a Day of Forgiveness (2)