Dig deeper into the subjects of forgiveness, atonement, and reconciliation! If you’re inspired to learn and share more about atonement after exploring this website and our book, we have put together more resources for you below.
The Wisdom of Atonement Study Guide
In partnership with the Association for Global New Thought and the 14th Annual Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence, a Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement Study Course has been created by Phil Cousineau. Beyond Forgiveness: The Wisdom of Atonement Study Course is divided up into seven sections, and explores the wisdom and reflections from each of 17 activists, psychologists, and spiritual leaders showcased in the book. These materials are a wonderful guide for those wishing to explore the book’s themes, and are ideal for groups or individuals in self-study. Below are links to the introduction and the lessons; each lesson includes practices, discussion points, and affirmations: Click through to each lesson below:
Introduction Beyond Forgiveness Study Course Phil Cousineau
(Lesson 1) Forgiveness as Spiritual Liberation: Michael Bernard Beckwith
(Lesson 2) Atonement the Gandhi Way: Arun Gandhi and Stephanie Van Hook
(Lesson 3) My Offer of Forgiveness and Atonement: Azim Khamisa
(Lesson 4) At-One-Ment: Becoming Whole: Diane Hennacy-Powell and Katharine Dever
(Lesson 5) Healing the Wounded: Douglas George-Kanentiio, Ed Tick and Kate Dahlstedt
(Lesson 6) The Wisdom of Atonement: Huston Smith, Jacob Needleman, Rabbi Michael Lerner
(Lesson 7) Creative Atonement in Times of Peril: James O’Dea and Michael Nagler
If you feel called to do work with forgiveness, atonement, restorative justice, nonviolence and/or reconciliation on a collective level, consider getting involved with one of these fine organizations doing work in support of atonement. You’ll also find more about some of the organizations associated with contributors to the book Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement, many of whom work to promote restoration and healing.
Books and Films with Themes of Atonement:
Themes of atonement and forgiveness have informed our history, culture, and literature for thousands of years. Making a sincere apology for a misdeed, taking pains to make amends, and putting reconciliation before retaliation are actions that can be difficult to master, but are part of a timeless thread that runs through human experience. Here is a list of books and movies with atonement themes. Reading books and watching films that illustrate atonement can be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the process, showing how to heal damaged relationships and make them more fulfilling.
The Seven Practice of Atonement:
The Seven Practices of Atonement are based on the life work of the 17 contributors to Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement. These practices can lead to a genuine change of heart and a more compassionate and balanced life.
A Simple Practice:
Still having trouble grasping what atonement is? Try this simple practice: Use atonement in a sentence!
Let us know if you have other resources to share that will foster a universal understanding of atonement. Contact us at Stories@BeyondForgiveness.org with your comments and suggestions.