All photography provided by Carter Crossett
Our research team seeks to explore the concept of forgiveness held by everyday people. Certain concepts are important in this model, including the definitions and distinctions among forgiveness, forbearance, and reconciliation. Because visual media can trigger broader conversations about forgiveness, we incorporated an interactive media component to our study given our belief that the virtual absence of public conversation about forgiveness—which formerly regularly took place in homes and communal gatherings, undermines community and commitment. Our hopes are to recover that virtue and open new platforms for dialogue.
What We Do: We roam the Boston Common asking people to tell us their stories about times they have been hurt or have acted out of line with their beliefs. We record and transcribe these conversations to share with the public.
What We Hope to Accomplish: By these conversations, we hope to rediscover forgiveness as a public and private virtue.