The Forgiveness Project's annual lecture: Shifting the burden of hate, by Sally Kohn
Very happy to give a heads-up to this year's keynote lecture from our friends at the Forgiveness Project, coming in a month's time. Details from their blurb below:
We welcome American author, commentator and community organiser Sally Kohn to the UK. As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences and learning how to talk respectfully with people whose views she disagrees with passionately.
Sally Kohn will be exploring the epidemic of hate all around us - from internet trolls to school bullies, from racist chants to homophobia - and what we can do to repair our humanity.
Sally's recent book, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She talked with people from all around the world, including many of The Forgiveness Project's storytellers - Bassam Aramin, Pardeep Kaleka, Tony McAleer and Arno Michaelis - drawing surprising lessons from people who left hate behind.
In confronting her own shameful moments, whether as a child bullying a classmate, or today when she harbours deep partisan resentment, Sally discovered, 'The opposite of hate is the beautiful and powerful reality of how we are all fundamentally linked and equal as human beings. The opposite of hate is connection.'