See the schedule and links for all events below!
Tuesday, May 3 at 7 pm:
Story-Telling
Sunday, May 8 at 10 am:
“Radical Tenderness”
Saturday, May 14 at 6 pm:
“All of Us” (Film)
Sunday, May 15 at 10 am:
“Ecosystems of Compassion”
Sunday, May 15 at 1 pm:
Global Conversation
 
Exhibit open for viewing daily, from 9 am to 8 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.
The F-Word Exhibition, organized by the Forgiveness Project, is a thought-provoking collection of personal stories and human testimony–on display at the Community Church from May 1 to May 15, 2022.
 
The Exhibition brings together inspiring personal stories and invites reflection and initiative–in the face of injustice, tragedy and atrocity.  As part of the Forgiveness Project, its founding patrons included Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dame Anita Roddick.
 
First launched in London, the F-Word Exhibition has since been displayed in over 300 venues wordside (including Durham twice).  Drawing together voices from South Africa, America, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and England, it examines forgiveness as a healing process, a journey out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.
 
We invite church friends, school groups, neighbors and seekers of all kinds to step in, during these two weeks in May, and consider the powerful example of those who choose compassion over violence and chart a path to a better world.  Be an instrument of peace and love–invite a friend (or three) to join you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DURHAM SCHEDULE / MAY 2022
“WHY FORGIVENESS?”: A Global Conversation
With an International Panel of Practitioners
Sunday, May 15 at 1 pm (US/Durham Time)
 
Bringing the two-week series to a challenging conclusion, we welcome to our panel three whose stories are featured in the F-Word Exhibit itself: Robi Damelin (Israel), Jo Berry (Ireland) and Father Michael Lapsely SSM (South Africa, right).  Joined by our neighbors Andrea LeBlanc and Dave Grishaw-Jones, these daring friends will answer your questions about forgiveness, mercy, justice and hope (and hopelessness).  And we’ll search together for an active path into a just and compassionate future.  This will be a stunning conversation, among thoughtful partners who have experienced violence and atrocity and persisted in love and openness.

“ALL OF US”: A FILM BY PIERRE PIRARD
A Premier Showing of the Documentary
Saturday, May 14 at 6 pm at the Church
See the trailer (left)
 
What if we had stories to tell of audacious citizens who, with a strong desire for people of different beliefs to live together in harmony, have found ways of reinventing family, education, social relations, culture, and work…and have done so despite existing difficulties and frictions? 
 
What if, thanks to these stories, gathered from around the world, we can begin to see the emergence of what could be the multi-identity and yet harmonious world of tomorrow? And what if we all took part in it?
 
These are the questions Pierre Pirard is asking in his powerful new documentary, “All of Us” (NOUS TOUS).  We have an unusual and timely opportunity to watch and discuss one of the first screenings of the French directors film (in English) on Saturday, May 14.  Join us!  Bring popcorn!  And stay for conversation and imagination!
“COMPASSIONATE FUTURE”: SERMONS AT CCD
 
Sunday, May 8 at 10 am 
Dave Grishaw-Jones on “Radical Tenderness”
 
Sunday, May 15 at 10 am 
Dr. Joel Berman on “Ecosystems of Compassion”
 
Joel is a Concord physician and Compassionate Listening Facilitator.  He offers presentations and trainings in the arts and practices of “compassionate listening” and guides groups on journeys to encounter and build new possibilities with others of diverging perspectives and views.

PEACE & JUSTICE CONVERSATIONS:
NH Peace Action with Dave Grishaw-Jones
Monday, May 9: 7 pm – 8 pm, online (free)
 
Our friends at NH Peace Action host a monthly conversation online, diving into the “spirituality of peace and justice work.”  In May, they welcome Pastor Dave Grishaw-Jones for a conversation about the Forgiveness Project, what it is, and why it’s so important in our own time and place.
 
Join a state-wide conversation about peacemaking, forgiveness and how it is we build a different kind of world for generations to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STORY-TELLING AND WITNESS:
An Evening of Story and Listening
Tuesday, May 3: 7 pm – 8:30 pm at CCD
 
As the F-Word Exhibition opens, we welcome neighbors and friends to an evening of storytelling and deep listening.  Do you have a story of forgiveness to tell?  Forgiveness you received along the way?  Forgiveness you offered another?  We come together in the chapel for an informal gathering of conversation and community.  Come to speak, or come to listen, but come to offer support and compassion around our many experiences.  Dave Grishaw-Jones is our host.