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Offer: The Global Forgiveness Challenge - learn how to forgive others and move on

I came across this today and thought it may be helpful to some people on World Pulse.

We have all been hurt by someone at sometime, and sometimes we need a little help to find ways to forgive that person so we can move one....

The Global Forgiveness Challenge
http://forgivenesschallenge.com/

From the About the Challenge page:

"The Forgiveness Challenge will help you discover how the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life. When enough of us forgive – we can change the world!

Sign up, and you’ll receive a daily inspirational email from the Archbishop [Desmond Tutu] and Mpho Tutu, with a link to join their online forgiveness community. The 30-day Challenge starts whenever you do. Inside each daily email you’ll get:
•A link to log into our website for daily exercises to teach you how to forgive anyone for anything.
•Extraordinary stories from ordinary people who have been transformed through forgiving or being forgiven.
•Interviews with the world’s top forgiveness experts, great spiritual leaders, and well-known celebrities, including Alanis Morissette and Arianna Huffington.
•Community support from people just like you who are trying to live a more forgiving life.
•And it’s free!"

The challenge is part of Human Journey http://humanjourney.com/

"Human Journey is a new initiative co-founded by Desmond Tutu and Doug Abrams with a lot of help from our friends and hopefully from you. HumanJourney is committed to spreading the African understanding of ubuntu–the realization that each of us thrives only when all of us thrive. We are inextricably linked to our family, our community, and our world."

Although it is shown as a 30 day process, the site says that you can move through the material at your own pace.

Mary

Comments

Mary-
This sounds like a very interesting challenge, and one to look into. Forgiveness doesn't mean what happened is ok, it means that we can keep moving forward without restraint, letting go of bitterness. Not an easy task by any means.

Thank you for letting us know about this opportunity!

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hanasazi's picture

What a wonderful contribution

What a wonderful contribution to the community! As my daughter Jennifer Faith, who escaped an abusive marriage earlier this year, says in one of her blog posts:
"My abuser is still at large. He never spent time in jail. He has never been convicted of abuse. I tried to testify against him in court but his attorney successfully blocked my testimony from ever being heard. He is still teaching vacation bible school and he is volunteering with the local youth group. He has never acknowledged his battering (in the early years of our marriage he briefly acknowledged the violence only to minimize it, convince me to stay put, and tell me that it would never happen again) but he has never apologized for all the years of terror, control, threats, intimidation and physical battering. And did I mention that I am paying him child support and spousal support every month?

One of the most difficult things I have ever had to do is to let go of bitterness and choose to forgive my abuser even though he has never asked for forgiveness. Why? Because forgiveness is the key to my freedom. It does not excuse his behavior. Rather, it prevents my heart from becoming destroyed. Bitterness is like a poison that you mix in order to give it to the person that has hurt you, but instead of giving it away you drink it yourself. I made a choice of my will to live in freedom and that is why I have forgiven him."

Interested people can read the entire post here: http://http://jenniferfaith.org/an-appointed-time/
You can connect with Jennifer Faith here at World Pulse, too! Just search her name to find her.

Thank you Mary, I'm going to sign up for their email list right now!

Mary S's picture

You are welcome :) And well

You are welcome :)

And well done to your daughter for walking away from her husband and being able to forgive and move on. Am very sorry she was not able to bring him to justice.

Mary

hanasazi's picture

:) I am so proud of her! She

:) I am so proud of her! She was married for 22 years before making the decision to fight for her life, and it took another 2 years for her to finally reach freedom. Her story is so full of hope for others, yet even I can hardly believe how quickly she has been able to heal after nearly 25 years of abuse - to the point that she is already helping other women in her community! They say living well is the best revenge. I'm glad she's able to do that, but I do also wish that she had been able to at least get his violence and abuse on the record. Instead, the police and the court have turned loose on their community a sociopathic man who is very good at playing the nice Christian guy who no one would ever, EVER believe could do those things. He is so dangerous to women, and the discounting of his abuse by the court makes them dangerous to women too. How many men like this walk with no consequences whatsoever, only to repeat the crime on some other unsuspecting woman? 3-4 women die every day at the hands of their intimate partners in the US alone. This must change, and the justice system is an important part of that change.

Mary S's picture

:) Fortunately I don't have

:)

Fortunately I don't have any personal experience, but it does seem that the world so often treats domestic abuse differently to other kinds of violence. If you batter someone on the street you are likely to get in trouble with the police, yet if you do it at home you are much more likely to get away with it. Hopefully that will change as everyone becomes more aware of the issues, especially as more survivors of abuse like your daughter have the courage to speak out.

Mary

hanasazi's picture

Yes, it's fantastic that, due

Yes, it's fantastic that, due to getting connected on the internet, women the world over are realizing that they are not alone. It's important to balance forgiveness with the search for justice in instances like this, both to protect one's own heart and to make it possible to pursue justice with a clear mind that isn't unduly influenced by the fog of overwhelming emotion. Thank you again for posting this. I joined the Forgiveness Challenge but become super busy with work rather suddenly, so I'm keeping all the emails to go through later. What a beautiful thing Archbishop Tutu and his wife are doing!

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