Thursday, April 6, 2017 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Power of Apology and The Complexity of Forgiveness
Dr. Harriet Lerner
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Does a simple apology matter? What is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple? Is forgiveness the only path to peace of mind? What drives both the non-apologizer and the over-apologizer? The Hebrew and Christian scriptures hold admonitions to forgive, to lay down enmity, and to reconcile with one another as part of faith?
The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute and The New School for Social Research are excited to present an evening on a crucial topic of our time: the power of apology and the complexity of forgiveness. Jacqui Lewis will speak from her perspective as pastor, and public theologian and activist and Harriet Lerner from her perspective as a psychologist and psychotherapist. We anticipate that the different lenses through which our presenters view the apology and the subject of forgiveness will challenge and deepen the conversation for all of us.
Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. is one of our nation’s most respected relationship experts, best known for her scholarly work on the psychology of women and family dynamics. Her twelve books include The New York Times bestselling, The Dance of Anger, and the newly released, Why Won’t You Apologize? Lerner was a staff psychologist at The Menninger Clinic for several decades and currently has a private psychotherapy practice in Lawrence, Kansas.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 900-member multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in NYC. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial, LGBTQ and economic justice.She has been adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, The Graduate Theological Union, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. She is the author of The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations, and a children’s book that celebrates diversity,You Are So Wonderful! Lewis has published numerous articles and sermons, and blogs for The Huffington Post.
This evening is a fundraising event to further the mission of
The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Suggested donation: $25. New School Students: contact Nichelle Horlacher, Dept. of Psychology/NSSR: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The New School for Social Research Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College, 65 W. 11th Street, Room B500, NYC
This program is organized by The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute in collaboration with New School’s Psychology/NSSR