Source: (2002) Paper presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This workshop will address the role of forgiveness in restorative practices and interventions. Issues and questions to be addressed are: what is forgiveness? How forgiveness is viewed as a threat, a blessing, a gift, an obligation, an event, a process, and a choice. Opportunities will be provided to discuss if, when and how forgiveness is, could, or should be used in pursuing restorative goals and in implementing restorative practices.