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Expert to speak on "Forgiveness: Psychology, Religion, Ethics" on November 3

11/03/09 -  

The Center for Ethics and Religion at Queens will present Dr. Everett Worthington, Jr., speaking on forgiveness  on Monday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in Sykes Auditorium on the Queens University of Charlotte campus, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The talk is free and open to the public, but space is limited. 

A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a clinical psychologist, Dr. Worthington has been conducting research on forgiveness since 1990.  He first became interested in forgiveness through his practice in couple counseling.  In the last ten years, since the murder of his mother, he has studied how forgiveness and justice work together and can oppose each other. He forgave the murderer, as did his brother and sister. They each consider that forgiveness as a legacy that their mother passed to them. Still, the emotional fallout of dealing with a violent murder can be devastating, and Dr. Worthington's brother committed suicide in distress about such issues. Dr. Worthington continues to study intensively forgiveness of self.

A committed Christian, Dr. Worthington has talked extensively throughout the world in both religious and secular venues.  He considers his mission as "to bring forgiveness into every willing heart, home, and homeland."

From 1998 to 2005, he directed A Campaign for Forgiveness Research (www.forgiving.org), a non-profit organization that supports research into forgiving. He is the author of a number of books, including most recently Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application (Brunner-Routledge, August, 2006), which explains his stress-and-coping theory of forgiveness, describes his psychoeducational programs to promote forgiveness and reconciliation, and discusses a model of psychotherapy to promote forgiveness.

Dr. Karen Neal, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human & Community Services at Queens, co-authored the chapter in the development of forgiveness in the Handbook of Forgiveness, edited by Dr. Worthington, and also presented at the International Conference on Forgiveness, organized and led by Dr. Worthington.

The mission of the Center for Ethics and Religion is to educate - through dialogue - the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of our lives.    Past highlights include a partnership with Union Seminary, sponsoring a student Habitat build in China, and bringing to the University's historic Myers Park campus internationally recognized speakers such as Templeton Prize Winner The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne and Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, who kicked off a four-lecture series on "Languages of God.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university, with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Presbyterian School of Nursing, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education and Hayworth Evening Programs.
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