The Uneasy Task of Forgiveness: Biblical and Psychological Views

March 23, 2018 - March 24, 2018

The Uneasy Task of Forgiveness: Biblical and Psychological Views



Everett Worthington is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. and a clinical psychologist. His research and writing focus on forgiveness and other virtues, religion and spirituality, and issues related to marriage and family. His mission is to help individuals (every heart), couples and families (every home), and even communities and countries (every homeland) forgive.

Everett was counseling couples when he first became interested in the concept of forgiveness, and he began studying the topic scientifically in 1990. Since then, he has been a leader in the field of forgiveness research. From 1998 to 2005, he directed A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, a nonprofit organization that, during that time, awarded more than $6 million to studies on forgiving. He has also worked to help nurture researchers in other countries.

After the murder of his mother in 1996, Everett began thinking about how the practice of forgiveness relates to justice, faith, and virtue—a main theme of his recent work. While he forgave the murderer, as did his brother and sister, the emotional fallout was devastating, and in 2005, his brother committed suicide. In addition to studying forgiveness of others, Everett drew on his own feelings of guilt and self-condemnation, and added the study of self-forgiveness to his interests.


March 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


As human beings we frequently struggle to forgive, to accept forgiveness, and to know how to serve other people as they struggle with forgiveness. In this workshop, featuring 5.5 hours of content over a seven-hour day, Everett Worthington will develop an intellectually stimulating understanding of forgiveness informed by both psychology and Christian theology. The workshop will provide practical tools for helping people forgive as well as deal with personal struggles in self- or other-forgiveness. This event is co-sponsored with Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute.

Registration / CEs / Location


Registration Fee: $75

CEs: 5.5 will be available for licensed social workers, professional counselors, and marriage/family therapists. Cost for licensing CEs is $10.

CEUs: 0.5 CEUs will be available upon request for clergy and laity.

Directions: Get directions to PTS. Free parking is available on campus behind the chapel and library.


Call 412-924-1345 or e-mail

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6727. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.