Forgiveness: An Ethical Approach to Reconciliation

This piece evolved over time. Felix Adler, founder of Ethical Culture, addressed the topic early. Don Montagna, then Leader of the Washington Ethical Society, wrote a piece on that. Then Lois Kellerman, Leader of the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, revised and amended and reorganized it. Finally, I looked at it, made my own revisions and amendments, and this is the current version of that.

What does forgiveness mean in humanist terms? What is our responsibility to forgive? And — addressed more rarely — how do we seek forgiveness, when we are the one who caused harm?

Forgiveness – by Jone Johnson Lewis – Heart Humanism (