First WorldView Event Focuses on Forgiveness
On October 6, hundreds viewed the film “The Power of Forgiveness,” winner of the Best Film award at the Sun Valley Film Festival, during the first event of the second annual WorldView series. The film and the testimonies of the guest panelists invited viewers to hear the stories—some quite familiar to many and some very personal to but a few—of injustices committed against people who later found healing through the act of forgiving.
Guest panelists from local communities shared moving stories of the loss of loved ones to senseless acts of violence.
In 1985, Roger Nelson and his family were held up in the Roseland Christian Ministries Center parking lot in Chicago. Rev. Nelson’s father, Dr. Ronald Nelson, was murdered during the hold up. Nelson is the pastor of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Illinois.
Gail Rice’s brother Bruce VanderJagt, a Denver police officer, was killed in 1997 in the line of duty. He was the first police officer in the United States to be murdered by a “skinhead.” Gail’s husband, Dr. Robert Rice, is a professor of history at Trinity.
Ronald Holt’s only child, Blair DeLane Holt, lost his life on May 10, 2007, at the age of 16. He was killed by a teenage gunman while protecting a friend and classmate on a CTA bus. Holt is president and co-founder of www.PurposeOverPain.org, a group of parents who have lost their children to gun violence; administrator of the "take action" Web site www.commonsensesaveslives.org; and a Chicago police officer who advocates for non-violence among youth.
“Roger, Gail, and Ron’s willingness to share their journey with the Worldview audience was truly an act of courage and generosity,” said Beth Decker ’67, director of WorldView. This is Decker’s first year in the role of director of the series, and she said she was grateful for the speakers and for all those who came that evening “to learn and to grow.”
The WorldView series continues:
- October 13—Richard Norton Smith, well-known historian, biographer, and nationally recognized authority on the American presidency, will present “Does Character Count?”
- October 20—Advocate, author, and ambassador for the United Nations program on AIDS, Mary Fisher shares her experience as an HIV-positive woman living out these roles and her role as a mother.
- October 27—Christian recording artist Fernando Ortega will perform in concert. 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. Each event will be held in the Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois. For more information, call the College at 708.597.3000
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