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Insights Listings of short quotes from a variety of sources, opening minds to a change of heart

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A community of guilt - Adrian Hastings
A healing community - Barry Howard
A world of sin - Gregory Jones
A wrongdoer is a valuable person - Stephen Neill
An assertion of dignity - Raja Shehadeh
Anger can take a person seriously - Beverly Harrison
Art and the difficulty of representing forgiveness - Thomas Trzyna
As we forgive - C S Lewis
Asking for forgiveness - Diane Perlman
Becoming a forgiving person - Fred Luskin
Beginning to be free - Miguel Ruiz
Being perfect, not winning - David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights)
Being true to myself through forgiving - Albert Schweitzer
Bidding goodbye to evil - Andrija Vrane
But will he sin again? - John MacArthur
Campaigning against evil - Dennis Rivers
Can we forgive 'institutions'? - David Augsburger
Charge it to me - St Paul
Choosing to feel guilty rather than helpless - Elaine Pagels
Choosing to forgive - Fred Luskin
Christian idealism and denying one's desire for revenge - Gregory Jones
Christian weapons - Ralph Reed
Civic notions of forgiveness - Sharon Lamb
Closing an employment well - Episcopal Church
Compassion - Elizabeth Ruth Obbard
Compassion for yourself - John O'Donohue
Condemnation and 'reasonable doubt' - Clive Stafford Smith
Confessions of a 'justified sinner' - John MacArthur
Corporate forgiveness - Scott Arbuthnot
Despising the afflicted - Simone Weil
Discipline and punishment - Chris Wood
Disgust and oppression - Val Curtis
Distinguishing between 'guilt' and 'shame' - Harold Kushner
Domestic violence initiated by women - Melanie Phillips
Don't carry a corpse - Juan Carlos Ortiz
Don't forgive too soon - Donald Shriver
Empathy and guilt - Everett Worthington
Empathy for the enemy - Donald Shriver
Field of Dreams - Stephen Simon
Forgive and comfort him - St Paul
Forgive and forget - John MacArthur
Forgiveness and Christlike suffering - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Forgiveness and justice - Desmond Tutu
Forgiveness and spiritual identity - Yehudah Fine
Forgiveness inside different types of communication - Andrew Knock
Forgiveness invites conversion - Jim Wallis
Forgiveness is more a lifestyle than an action - Gregory Jones
Forgiveness needs to be embodied in others - Paul Tillich
Forgiving and a kind of forgetting - Harold Schulweis
Four qualities of love - Venerable Pannyavaro
Going further - John V Taylor
Good intentions which conceal rejection - Søren Kierkegaard
Grudges : maintaining or releasing them - William Webber
How not to counsel - Russ Parker
Hung up on externals - Juan Carlos Ortiz
I am far too just - Helmut Thielicke
Insoluble problems - Carl Jung
Is forgiveness really a matter of religion? - Donald Shriver
Jesus walked his talk - George Eldon Ladd
Just as a stopped clock - Richard Holloway
Justice through restitution - Christopher Bright
Kalyana-mitra ('noble friend') - John O'Donohue
Leadership and peace in the Middle East - Desmond Tutu
More than morality - Peter Winch
Most personal problems - John MacArthur
Nero and frail leaders - Brian Walden
Nietzsche's critical insight into 'Christian' forgiveness - Gregory Jones
Organisational forgiveness - Charles Handy
Overcoming hatred with compassion - Clive Stafford Smith
Paedophiles are people too - Johann Hari
Pettiness - Mike Yaconelli
Preaching moral conversion - Wolfhart Pannenberg
Privatising forgiveness - Gregory Jones
Pushing people away - Jean Vanier
Questioning is wiser than blind belief - Michel Martin
Reconciliation is the goal - John MacArthur
Recreate your past - Lewis Smedes
Revenge: easing my own guilts - Dorothy Rowe
Reward the good, forgive the bad - Charles Handy
Righteous and a sinner - Martin Luther
Shakespeare and forgiveness - Tom Trzyna
Sharing our security - national and personal - Donald Shriver
Should the wrongdoer be made to pay? - Clive Stafford Smith
Six strategies for stepping into forgiveness - Beverly Flanigan
Small and large acts of leadership - Carly Fiorina
Solidarity in discipline - Jean Calvin
Spirituality and religion in the workplace - Martin Rutte
The capacity to change - Desmond Tutu
The core of all ethics - Jonathan Sacks
The greatest offence - Alan Paton
The highest expression of love - Brother Roger of Taizé
The hurt wasn't intended - Fred Luskin
The line between good and evil - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The offender is our judge - Chris Wood
The power to forgive - Martin Luther King
The purpose of forgiveness - Jon Sobrino
The 'righteous' - Jurgen Moltmann
This man is forgiven - John Donne
To love your neighbour as yourself - Simone Weil
Two types of people - Philip Yancey
Two views of evil - Tom Shippey
Vengeance and self-righteousness - Karen Armstrong
Victims who purchase compassion - Gregory Jones
We liars who pray "Forgive us our sins ..." - R T Kendall
What love is for - Jim Wallis
When abuse distorts forgiveness - David Augsburger
You need to hear them say sorry - James Jones

 

Insight for the month

Overcoming hatred with compassion

css.jpg (6468 bytes)The English human-rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, now 46, established the charity Reprieve in 1999. He spent more than 20 years working in the United States before returning to the UK in 2004. As well as defending prisoners on death row, his clients include detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, whom he visits monthly. He lives in London with his wife, Emily.

Amongst many accolades he has been nominated as one of seven "Visionaries for a Just and Peaceful World" by the Rowntree Foundation, and was interviewed for Easter Sunday by the (UK) Sunday Times, when he spoke again of his profound opposition to condemnation and judgemental bigotry:


I've defended people who I believe are innocent and those who are apparently guilty. I see no situation where the death penalty is right, and none of the the terrible things I've seen and heard have shaken that belief. In fact, the worse the crime the simpler the explanation. We are all better than the worst 15 minutes of our lives .....

One of the people I admire most in the world is Lorilei Guillory, whose six-year old son, Jeremy, was murdered by a paedophile, Ricky Langley. At Ricky's retrial, having spent hours talking to him, she testified for the defence. She said in court: "Ricky Langley has been crying out for help since the day he was born. As I sit here I can hear the death cries of my child, but I can still hear that guy crying out for help."

It's blindingly obvious to me that the happiest people are those who try to overcome hatred with compassion.

interviewed by Caroline Scott
Sunday Times 16-04-06



Insights listed by author

Scott Arbuthnot - Corporate forgiveness

Karen Armstrong - Vengeance and self-righteousness

David Augsburger - Can we forgive 'institutions'?

David Augsburger - When abuse distorts forgiveness

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Forgiveness and Christlike suffering

Christopher Bright - Justice through restitution

Jean Calvin - Solidarity in discipline

Episcopal Church USA - Closing an employment well

David Aaron Cohen - Being perfect, not winning

Val Curtis - Disgust and oppression

John Donne - This man is forgiven

Yehudah Fine - Forgiveness and spiritual identity

Carly Fiorina - Small and large acts of leadership

Beverly Flanigan - Six strategies for stepping into forgiveness

Charles Handy - Organisational forgiveness

Charles Handy - Reward the good, forgive the bad

Johann Hari - Paedophiles are people too

Beverly Harrison - Anger can take a person seriously

Adrian Hastings - A community of guilt

Richard Holloway - Just as a stopped clock

Barry Howard - A healing community

Gregory Jones - A world of sin

Gregory Jones - Christian idealism and denying one's desire for revenge

Gregory Jones - Forgiveness is more a lifestyle than an action

Gregory Jones - Nietzsche's critical insight into 'Christian' forgiveness

Gregory Jones - Privatising forgiveness

Gregory Jones - Victims who purchase compassion

James Jones - You need to hear them say sorry

Carl Jung - Insoluble problems

R T Kendall - We liars who pray "Forgive us our debts ..."

Søren Kierkegaard - Good intentions which conceal rejection

Martin Luther King - The power to forgive

Andrew Knock - Forgiveness inside different types of communication

Distinguishing between 'guilt' and 'shame' - Harold Kushner

George Eldon Ladd - Jesus walked his talk

Sharon Lamb - Civic notions of forgiveness

C S Lewis - As we forgive

Fred Luskin - Becoming a forgiving person

Fred Luskin - Choosing to forgive

Fred Luskin - The hurt wasn't intended

Martin Luther - Righteous and a sinner

John MacArthur - But will he sin again? 

John MacArthur - Confessions of a 'justified sinner' 

John MacArthur - Forgive and forget

John MacArthur - Most personal problems

John MacArthur - Reconciliation is the goal

Michel Martin - Questioning is wiser than blind belief

Jurgen Moltmann - The 'righteous'

Stephen Neill - A wrongdoer is a valuable person

Elizabeth Ruth Obbard - Compassion

John O'Donohue - Compassion for yourself

John O'Donohue - Kalyana-mitra ('noble friend')

Juan Carlos Ortiz - Don't carry a corpse

Juan Carlos Ortiz - Hung up on externals

Elaine Pagels - Choosing to feel guilty rather than helpless

Wolfhart Pannenberg - Preaching moral conversion

Venerable Pannyavaro - Four qualities of love

Russ Parker - How not to counsel

Alan Paton - The greatest offence

Diane Perlman - Asking for forgiveness

Melanie Phillips - Domestic violence initiated by women

Ralph Reed - Christian weapons

Dennis Rivers - Campaigning against evil

Brother Roger - The highest expression of love

Dorothy Rowe - Revenge: easing my own guilts

Miguel Ruiz - Beginning to be free

Martin Rutte - Spirituality and religion in the workplace

Jonathan Sacks - The core of all ethics

St Paul - Charge it to me (Philemon)

St Paul - Forgive and comfort him (2 Corinthians 2)

Harold Schulweis - Forgiving and a kind of forgetting

Albert Schweitzer - Being true to myself through forgiving

Raja Shehadeh - An assertion of dignity

Tom Shippey - Two views of evil

Donald Shriver - Don't forgive too soon

Donald Shriver - Empathy for the enemy

Donald Shriver - Is forgiveness really a matter of religion?

Donald Shriver - Sharing our security - national and personal

Stephen Simon - Field of Dreams

Lewis Smedes - Recreate your past

Jon Sobrino - The purpose of forgiveness

Alexander Solzhenitsyn - The line between good and evil

Clive Stafford Smith - Condemnation and 'reasonable doubt'

Clive Stafford Smith - Overcoming hatred with compassion

Clive Stafford Smith - Should the wrongdoer be made to pay?

John V Taylor - Going further

Helmut Thielicke - I am far too just

Paul Tillich - Forgiveness needs to be embodied in others

Thomas Trzyna - Art and the difficulty of representing forgiveness

Tom Trzyna - Shakespeare and forgiveness

Desmond Tutu - Forgiveness and justice

Desmond Tutu - Leadership and peace in the Middle East

Desmond Tutu - The capacity to change

Jean Vanier - Pushing people away

Andrija Vrane - Bidding goodbye to evil

Brian Walden - Nero and frail leaders

Jim Wallis - Forgiveness invites conversion

Jim Wallis - What love is for

William Webber - Grudges : Maintaining or releasing them

Simone Weil - Despising the afflicted

Simone Weil - To love your neighbour as yourself

Peter Winch - More than morality

Chris Wood - Discipline and punishment

Chris Wood - The offender is our judge

Everett Worthington - Empathy and guilt

Mike Yaconelli - Pettiness

Philip Yancey - Two types of people

 

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