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June 2009

As We Forgive Sighting and Soundings

June 03, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Yesterday, Jackson Mvunganyi of Voice of America's Upfront segment interviewed me on the proces off forgiving, whether we should forget, and if reconciliation practices in Rwanda are transferable. The program aired today across Africa and the conversation is an interesting one, ranging from man on the street interviews to a spokesperson from the Forgiveness Project and others. Jackson is originally from Rwanda.

Also, today, Jason Boyett of the Pocket Guide series featured As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation on his blog. Here's a short bit of what he had to say:

I can't say I fully understand that kind of extreme forgiveness or even want to understand it, but I'm pretty sure I agree. Faced with tragedy or heartache, you can choose to carry the burden of anger around with you forever. Or you can forgive. It doesn't take away the pain or grief. But it does help you excape the corrosive burden of anger, bitterness, and revenge. Grief can be turned into strength, but bitterness is almost always detrimental.

He's offering a free copy of the book to one lucky commenter.

A Catalyst for Hope in Rwanda

June 02, 2009
By Catherine Larson

I'm deeply grateful to see my book spoken of so highly by Brad Lomenick, the director of the Catalyst movement. Catalyst has been a huge supporter of Rwanda over the past few years by promoting groups like Compassion International, Rwanda Clean Water, and many other great groups dedicated to improving the lives of Rwandans.

Brad and several other Catalyst leaders just returned from a trip to Rwanda, sponsored by Compassion. He speaks about some of his experiences in a recent podcast and shares a few photos on his personal blog down in the right hand corner.