Wellspring program – “Beyond Retribution” video and discussion

Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 on Zoom – LINK

Taped in Oklahoma City in 2005, on the tenth anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing, “Beyond Retribution” captures a roundtable discussion with those who lost family members as a result of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the war in Iraq. It is moderated by Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest who lost his hands to a letter bomb sent in response to his work against apartheid in South Africa.
Together, they explore the individual responses of those most closely affected by terrorism, violence and war, and offer ways to move beyond retribution and towards sources of real peace. “Beyond Retribution” is 40 minutes in length and is suitable for any age (no harsh images or language). Viewers on Zoom will be invited to participate in a discussion afterwards led by UUFR member and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows co-founder, David Potorti.

“The F Word” is a program of The Forgiveness Project, which collects and shares stories from both victims/survivors and perpetrators of crime and conflict who have rebuilt their lives following hurt and trauma. Founded in 2004 by journalist Marina Cantacuzino, The Forgiveness Project provides resources and experiences to help people examine and overcome their own unresolved grievances. The testimonies it collects bear witness to the resilience of the human spirit and act as a powerful antidote to narratives of hate and dehumanization, presenting alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice. https://www.theforgivenessproject.com.