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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI, THE UPSTATE NEW YORK CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL COALITION BUILDING INSTITUTE AND THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY FORUM HOST A FREE SCREENING OF PBS DOCUMENTARY, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Rochester, New York (February 14, 2008) – WXXI, The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute and The Downtown Community Forum are proud to host a special screening of the upcoming PBS documentary, The Power of Forgiveness, followed by a discussion on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Downtown Community Forum, The Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary’s Place in Rochester. The event is free, but reservations are required by calling (585) 232-7168 to reserve your seat.

The Power of Forgiveness explores the practice of forgiveness by revealing its complexities, its role in various religions and its physical and mental benefits. Compelling first-person narratives of people faced with betrayal, loss, grief and confusion put a human face on the varied reactions to transgression. This award-winning documentary highlights the part forgiveness played in alleviating the despair among the Amish in the wake of the school shootings and after September 11, 2001, when the wide-responses ranged from hatred and calls for retribution to understanding and absolution.

This screening of The Power of Forgiveness is part of WXXI’s Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, a national community engagement initiative exploring the transforming power of love and forgiveness in our personal lives and in our communities. To learn more about this initiative visit: WXXI.org/forgiveness/about.html

The Power of Forgiveness will air on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) on Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m. The screening and discussion is made possible with the help of The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute and The Downtown Community Forum, The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc., The Center for Youth and Grace United Methodist Church. Major funding for The Campaign for Love & Forgiveness is provided by the Fetzer Institute.

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