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Forgiving Those Who Hurt Us

Directed by: Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (Calvin College)

June 26-July 1, 2016

Funds provided by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.


Seminar Description

The commandment to forgive is stringent in the New Testament, including by Jesus. But what, exactly, do we do when we forgive? What's involved in the "craft" of forgiveness? Do we forgive for the sake of the offender or for our own sake, so we can sleep nights? And, not least, why is the command so stringent? The seminar, guided by key readings, will address such questions, and others, on the way to clarifying forgiveness, a central part of good spiritual hygiene.


About the Director

Cornelius ("Neal") Plantinga is Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and former President of Calvin Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books, including Reading for Preaching: the Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists (Eerdmans).


Application Information

This seminar is geared toward full-time parish pastors who preach on a regular basis and worship leaders who are involved in worship planning and leading. The application deadline was February 15, 2016 by 11 pm EST.

To apply, an applicant must submit the online application form and include the following components:

  1. Curriculum vitae or resume (PDF or Word format)
  2. An essay that includes your statement of vocation, what attracts you to this seminar, and what you hope to take away from it (PDF or Word format)
  3. Name and contact information (phone and email) for two professional references, submitted via the online application form. (Letters of recommendation are not needed.)

Before you apply, please have all of your materials ready, including your documents to upload; the form can not be saved and referred to later.

After you submit your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation with the information you submitted. We will contact you directly if any materials are missing from your application, but we cannot update you further on the status of your application. Participants will be selected by the director after the application deadline and will be notified in late March.


Additional Information

There is no fee to apply for or attend this seminar. All participants in this seminar will be offered free housing in Calvin's Knollcrest East Apartments. Spouses and family members are welcome to join you at no additional cost (space allowing; details for housing and family needs will be provided at time of acceptance into the seminar.) We provide weekday lunches and morning breaks for participants only, and a welcome picnic for participants and family members. Participants and family members are responsible for all other meals and personal expenses. Although we provide limited shuttle service to and from the airport, participants and their family members are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs to and from Grand Rapids; there is no travel stipend available for this seminar. For additional information, please visit our FAQs.