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WorldView 2008 to Focus on Forgiveness

Trinity’s annual WorldView series is a community and college series for film, word, and music. WorldView 2008 will focus on forgiveness.

WorldView intersects faith and society,” said Beth Decker ’67, director of the series. “It is an opportunity for people to hear about subjects that will make them think.”

Events are scheduled for each Monday in October at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Ozinga Chapel.


October 6—“The Power of Forgiveness,” winner of the Best Film award at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Guest panelists will share their own moving testimonies of forgiveness. (See below)



October 13—Richard Norton Smith. This well-known historian, biographer, and nationally recognized authority on the American presidency will present “Does Character Count?”




October 20—Mary Fisher. Fisher is the special representative of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and founder of the Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund.



October 27—Christian recording artist Fernando Ortega. Ortega’s latest release includes The Shadow of Your Wings. Free passes are required for this event. Call 708.597.3000.


Admission is free to all events; free passes are required for the Fernando Ortega concert. For more information, call the College at 708.597.3000.

Panelists for the “Power of Forgiveness” event on October 6:

Rev. Roger Nelson is the pastor of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois. In 1985, Roger and his family were held up in the Roseland Christian Ministries Center parking lot in Chicago. His father, Dr. Ronald Nelson, was murdered during the hold up. Roger has worked as a high school teacher, coach, and pastor. He is husband to Sandi and father to Zach and Lauren.

In 1997, Gail Rice’s brother Bruce VanderJagt, a Denver police officer, was killed in the line of duty. He was the first police officer in the United States to be murdered by a “skinhead.”  The killer used Bruce’s service revolver to commit suicide at the murder scene. Gail’s husband Dr. Robert Rice is a professor of history at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Ronald Holt’s only child, his son Blair DeLane Holt, lost his life on May 10, 2007, at the age of 16. Blair was fatally wounded by a teenaged gunman while heroically protecting a friend and classmate on a CTA bus. Holt is president and co-founder of, a group of parents who have lost their children to gun violence. He is also the administrator of the "take action" Web site The Chicago police officer is a speaker and advocate for non-violence among youth.

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