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Divine forgiveness: Phase 1

The Development of Forgiveness

The Boundaries of Early Forgiveness

Implementation of forgiveness education to increase agape love in three culturally distinct areas: Belfast, Israel/Palestine, and Hong Kong

Individual differences and children’s motivations for forgiveness

A Darwinian Reconciliation: The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Forgiveness

Forgetting and Forgiving: Exploring the Connections between Memory and Forgiveness

The Science of Forgiveness in the Practice of Preaching

WATCH: The Importance of Imparting Forgiveness in Schools

How does the concept of “forgiveness” vary across cultures? Can it be taught in classrooms, and if so, how do we teach it most effectively?  These and other questions fueled a conversation among scholars at this year’s Forgiveness Forum, the third in a virtual conversation series hosted by the Templeton World Charity Foundation that explores the benefits of forgiveness for personal growth and global healing.   The virtual conversation, moderated by Time Magazine reporter Katie Reilly, took place during World Education Week, and focused on the connection between forgiveness and educational outcomes. Forum panelists included Dr. Peli Galiti, a visiting scholar with…

Practicing Forgiveness Tour

Humility and Forgiveness: The Role of Social Relations among Three Ethnic Groups

Explore the Science of Forgiveness

During the late 1990s, in the aftermath of the fall of Communism, Nelson Mandela’s election in South Africa, and an easing of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the world faced a new era in which former enemies tried to work with each other. Forgiveness took on new significance beyond religion, with which it had often been associated. The John Templeton Foundation issued a call for proposals that resulted in 20 funded grants, establishment of the non-profit organization, A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, which funded eight additional grants, and a total of almost $10 million put toward research on forgiveness. By…

Ecclesial Theology and the Virtue of Forgiveness

Video: The Science of Forgiveness

Learn about the latest research in the science of forgiveness with Dr. Amrisha Vaish, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and leader of a project studying the development of forgiveness supported by the John Templeton Foundation. She discusses studies demonstrating that young children are drawn to those who show remorse, suggesting that forgiveness is a deep-seated and important ability for our species. So why do we all sometimes struggle to do it? This is the second video in our series of interviews produced by the independent media company Freethink. Watch the first episode here, which features…

Building virtue: environmental and social influences on the development of fairness, forgiveness, honesty, and trustworthiness

The Science of Forgiveness

WATCH: For Children, Saying ‘Sorry’ Is One Thing. Understanding What It Means Is Another.

Along with "please" and "thank you," saying sorry is one of the earliest phrases that many parents teach their children. They do this because it's an important nicety: people say "sorry" to show remorse, to ask for forgiveness, and to show basic concern and awareness of others' needs. But when do children really understand the significance of apologies? When do they begin to care whether a person shows remorse for doing harm -- for ripping up a child's picture, for example, or pushing someone to the ground? These are some of the questions driving the research of Dr. Amrisha Vaish, associate…

Prayer, Relationships, and Health

Over the course of dozens of studies, Frank Fincham has compiled an impressive list of ways that prayer and forgiveness make a difference. Frank Fincham, who holds an endowed chair of the Florida State University College of Human Sciences, is a former Rhodes Scholar with an Oxford doctorate and a long track record of insightful study of relationships, religious practice, and health. In 2011 he was the recipient, as director of the FSU Family Institute, of a $1.13 million, four-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate the ways that prayer and forgiveness affect relational well-being and physical health.…

The Question of Character: Equipping the Next Generation

Research: The Surprising Power of Prayer in Relationships

Scientists explore prayer’s power to change us—and how we care for others In moments of joy, delight, and wonder, humans pray. In great need, in adulation, in fear and trembling, humans pray. To Allah, Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu, to our ancestors, to God—and to gods—humans pray. We pray even if we don’t know what—or if—we believe. For as long as humans have a history, we see signs of prayer. The human impulse to pray is reflected across millennia of art and culture. In contemporary times, movies and books are rife with characters casting themselves on a higher power. Beyond the ubiquitous…

The Character Course: Design, dissemination and evaluation of a church-based small group programme for character development

The Question of Character: Expanding the Veritas Forum Model to Engage the Next Generation

Promoting Character Strength Development in Youths Through Interactive Storytelling Online: A Pilot Project

Orienting People toward Forgivingness

Religion, Spirituality, Aging, and Health

Monthly Grant Report – July 2019

Recently Approved Grants Character Virtue Development Project Title Grantee(s) Project Leader(s) Grant Amount #CultivatingCharacter: A Global Movement to Cultivate Character both Online and Off Through Living 24/6 Let it Ripple, Inc Tiffany Shlain $350,000 Exemplar Interventions to Develop Character Wake Forest University Eranda Jayawickreme, Michael Lamb $1,686,200 Identifying Metrics of Character Development in Adults: Insights from shared life in L’Arche L'Arche USA Tina Bovermann, Brenna Case $220,000 Individual differences and children’s motivations for forgiveness Trustees of Boston University Peter Blake $233,917 Innovative Videos for the Greater Good Regents of the University of California at Berkeley Jason Marsh $234,800   Human…

Video: What Is Life?

Have we encountered alien life already and just not realized it? Will deepening our understanding of life in the universe transform our understanding of ourselves? Explore the profound questions surrounding the nature and origins of life that propel the research of astrobiologist Dr. Sara Walker of Arizona State University in this interview. Walker is the recipient of a $2.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a project, co-led by Templeton Prize laureate Paul Davies, to explore the transitions bridging chemistry and the origins of life. What Is Life? "Life is literally the physics of creativity," says Walker. "It's…

Video: The Science of Morality

Right and wrong, good and evil -- when viewing the world, our moral judgments often feel clear-cut and consistent. Research shows, however, that we're willing to be more forgiving and flexible with those who are socially close to us, while applying sterner judgments to those who are far away. Why do we make these exceptions? And how can we broaden our sense of morality to be more fair to people outside of our tribes? Learn more about the science of morality in this interview with Dr. Liane Young, professor of psychology at Boston College. Young is the project co-leader with…

The Character and Virtue Development in Youth Ministry (CVDYM) Project

Innovative Videos for the Greater Good

Can Leadership Virtues be Taught? Developing Virtuous School Leaders

Mental Healthcare, Virtue, and Human Flourishing

Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development

Global Resilience Oral Workshops (GROW) Zambia: A Storytelling Approach to Hope and Resilience through Character Training and Spiritual Practices

Character Strength Interventions in Adolescents: Engaging Scholars and Practitioners to Promote Virtue Development

Gratitude as a Fount of Virtue: Examining How Gratitude Fosters Other Noble Character Traits

Cultivating Relational Virtues in Parents and Children

The Joy Campaign: Sharing the Wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu to Bring Spiritual Practice to Contemporary Generations

Center for Pastor Theologians

Enhancing Practice-Based Evidence for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapies: An Interdisciplinary Big Data Project

Cultivating Virtue: Servant Leadership Development for Education

Publishing illustrated children’s books and workbooks that teach and encourage character and virtue development in generations of Muslim children

Bringing Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapies into the Healthcare Mainstream: A Preparatory Grant Proposal for an International Grant Competition

Deity prototypes in individuals and families

A Value-Ethical Approach to Assessing Virtues: Comparative and Cross-Cultural Validity

What is Known about Existing Measures: Meta-Analyses of Psychometric Properties of Measures of Eleven Character Strengths

A Course of Study Strengthening Character Development in Jewish Communities through Tikkun Middot, Applying Mindfulness to Practice of Moral Qualities

Spiritual Exemplars Program

Character Virtue Development Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative

WATCH: In Love, Saying ‘Thanks’ Is Surprisingly Powerful

Gratitude is known to have powerful effects for one's own wellbeing, reducing anxiety and depression, and helping us to enjoy positive experiences. Now, thanks in part to research led by Dr. Sara Algoe of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, we see the effects of expressing thanks not only on relationships, but on society as a whole. Those who say thank you to their romantic partners more often not only experience closer bonds, but they are also perceived as being more lovable by others. These benefits have a ripple effect outward from our personal relationships to our friendship…