WBEZ | forgiveness http://www.wbez.org/tags/forgiveness Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: The role of forgiveness in religion http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-26/morning-shift-role-forgiveness-religion-111628 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gerrydincher.jpg" style="height: 455px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/gerrydincher" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193193932&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Can Garcia capture Harold-sized enthusiasm?</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus &ldquo;Chuy&rdquo; Garcia are headed to a runoff in April. Garcia has said he hopes to recreate the type of racial coalition that swept the late Mayor Harold Washington into power in the &lsquo;80s. Many community supporters say that&rsquo;s possible. But Professor Paul Green, Director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University, doesn&rsquo;t think that&rsquo;s the question we should be asking.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest: </strong><em><a href="http://blogs.roosevelt.edu/pgreen/">Paul Green</a>&nbsp;is the Director of the Institute for Politics at Roosevelt University.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193193927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">CPS and state continue stand-off over testing</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Chicago Public Schools is refusing to administer the new state test - called the PARCC- to any more than 10 percent of the city&rsquo;s schools. The State Board of Education is threatening to pull funding if the district follows through with that plan. Some parents thought the stand-off was a political ploy and would be over after election day. But they were sorely disappointed at yesterday&rsquo;s Chicago Board of Education meeting. WBEZ&#39;s Becky Vevea joins us with more.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/beckyvevea">Becky Vevea</a> is a WBEZ reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193193923&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Voter reactions to Schock(ing) spending</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Congressman Aaron Schock was first known for his fast rise in politics and his fabulous abs. Inside GOP circles, he&rsquo;s become known for his ability to make a lot of money for the national party and his fellow Republicans. But over the last few weeks, stories of lavish spending and a Kardashian-esque lifestyle have dogged the representative from the 18th district. But while the national media may be enthralled with tales of fancy cars, trips, and hotels, it&rsquo;s what his constituents think that&rsquo;s most important. Phil Luciano, columnist for the<em> Peoria Journal Star </em>tells us how the stories are playing down on Main Street.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/LucianoPhil">Phil Luciano</a> is a columnist for the </em>Peoria Journal Star.<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193193916&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Religion and forgiveness</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Starting at noon Friday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is offering its first Festival of Forgiveness. Over a 24-hour period, people can come to pray and seek forgiveness whether they&rsquo;re Catholic or not. More than two dozen churches, shrines and university ministries are taking part. The event is modeled after a similar festival Pope Francis held in Rome last year. Monsignor Rich Hynes is joining us by phone to tell us why the Archdiocese is holding its Festival of Forgiveness and Scott Paeth from DePaul University is here to talk about what role forgiveness plays in multiple religions.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ScottPaeth">Scott Paeth</a> is a religious studies professor at DePaul University.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="http://www.archchicago.org/DPLF/contact.aspx">Monsignor Rich Hynes</a> is the Director of Parish Life &nbsp;for the Archdiocese of Chicago.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193193908&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Chicago Irish Film Festival</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This year marks the 16th year for the <a href="http://www.chicagoirishfilmfestival.com/">Chicago Irish Film Festival</a>, and with it, comes a handful of documentaries and short feature films made by some of the most talented filmmakers in Ireland. Jude Blackburn has been directing the Chicago fest since it&#39;s debut in 1999 and travels to Ireland personally each year to harvest a variety of films and features. She joins us now with this year&#39;s highlights.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Jude Blackburn is the Director of the <a href="https://twitter.com/chicagoirishff">Chicago Irish Film Festival</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-26/morning-shift-role-forgiveness-religion-111628 Morning Shift: Is forgiveness the best medicine? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-03/morning-shift-forgiveness-best-medicine-107937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Forgive- Flickr- hang_in_there.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A recent Chicago Tribune article highlighted two parents who were able to forgive the young man who killed their daughter. Could you do the same? Also, Curious City addresses how much fracking really contributes to our energy needs.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-forgiveness-the-best-medicine.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-forgiveness-the-best-medicine" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is forgiveness the best medicine?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-03/morning-shift-forgiveness-best-medicine-107937 When to forgive? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/when-forgive-101213 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/james%20holmes%20colorado%20AP.jpg" title="Al Gini argues that criminals like accused Colorado shooter James Holmes are beyond society’s forgiveness. But what about other wrong-doers? (AP/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)" /></div><p>On February 27, 1993, 14-year-old Greg Ousley went into his parents&rsquo; bedroom at 11:30 p.m. and shot them point blank with a 12-gague shotgun. He then called the police and said that he had just come home and found them murdered. It didn&rsquo;t take the sheriff&rsquo;s office in Warsaw, Ind., long to poke holes in his story. Ousley confessed and explained himself by saying: &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t seem to understand me&hellip;.I&rsquo;ve been thinking about killing them every time I get mad.&rdquo; Because Ousley admitted to planning the murder, the state tried him as an adult and sentenced him to 60 years in prison.</p><p>For the last 19 years Ousley has been trying to better understand why he killed his parents. (The <em>New York Times Magazine</em> ran <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/magazine/greg-ousley-is-sorry-for-killing-his-parents-is-that-enough.html?_r=1&amp;partner=rss&amp;emc=rss">a cover story about Ousley</a> last week, which included excerpts of <a href="http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/in-greg-ousleys-words/">a 40-page, hand-written essay</a>&nbsp;a 19-year-old Ousley wrote about his crime.) He still doesn&rsquo;t know exactly why he did what he did; but, he knows he did it and he accepts full responsibility for it. Ousley is quick to point out, however, that now he&rsquo;s not &ldquo;that crazy 14-year-old kid anymore.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a 35-year-old-man and I&rsquo;m different now,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>That seems to be the case. While in prison, Ousley has done everything possible to change himself. He finished high school, graduated with honors for college, took years of anger management and self-improvement classes. He has worked in the warden&rsquo;s office and is trusted by the prison staff. The bottom line seems clear: Greg Ousley is not the same person that he was. He has paid a stiff penalty. He wants to help other kids avoid the anger and confusion that drove him to commit murder. Now, he wants to be free. He feels he has redeemed himself and that he should be forgiven. I for one think he&rsquo;s right.</p><p>But can we, as a society, ever forgive the behavior of such individuals as sexual predator Jerry Sandusky, the Batman terrorist James Holmes (12 people killed and 58 wounded) or the Norwegian white supremacist Anders Behring Breivik (77 dead and 319 wounded)? I don&rsquo;t think so. Given the immensity of their actions, I think forgiveness is asking too much.</p><p>Beyond forgiveness and redemption, what we need to do as a society is try to understand the motivations behind their behavior. Truman Capote, author of <em>In Cold Blood,</em> argued that to simply execute murderers or to put them away forever gains us nothing as a society. We need to study these people. And perhaps, said Capote, after years of studying different madmen and murderers we might come up with some answers.</p><p>Unlike Greg Ousley, there is nothing that Sandusky, Holmes or Breivik can do to reinvent themselves as human beings. Their actions are beyond redemption. But we must learn from them, so that in the future we can try and stop the behavior of others like them.</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/when-forgive-101213 Ask Me Why: To forgive, but not forget http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/ask-me-why-forgive-not-forget-83884 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/shadow face photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This next installment of <a href="../../../../../../series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a> tackles a painful, hot-button topic: Should convicted sex offenders stay on a permanent registry that documents their offenses? Or, should they be removed from the list after some period of time?</p><p>Helena Carnes-Jeffries, 36, picked the topic. You may have heard her on our airwaves last month talking about <a href="../../../../../../story/budget-cuts/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill">her struggles with mental illness</a> that stem from the childhood sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. When she learned that her father had abused other victims, she felt like the system had failed to protect others, just as it failed to protect her.</p><p>Carnes-Jeffries&rsquo; conversation partner was friend and fellow writer Betsy Benefield, who is in her early 50s. Inspired in part by her Christian faith, Benefield felt strongly that even people who have committed the most heinous of crimes deserve a shot at redemption.</p><p>When Benefield revealed her own personal stake in this topic, the exchange turned into a meditation on forgiveness. How do you know when it&rsquo;s time to forgive? And how can you make sure someone has really changed? You can hear an edited version of their conversation in the audio posted above.</p><p><a href="../../../../../../series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a> is produced in collaboration with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>, and was made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company. If you and someone you know are interested in participating in this series, you can download the application form <a target="_blank" href="http://www.prairie.org/ask-me-why">here</a>.</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/abuse/ask-me-why-forgive-not-forget-83884