To foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community.
People across the globe, from all cultures and traditions, embrace love and forgiveness in daily life. These values are universally viewed as central to the fabric of humanity. Yet, the emerging global community has few institutions dedicated to deepening the understanding and fostering deeper awareness of these values. In this context, the Fetzer Institute pursues a unique role—working to investigate, activate, and celebrate the power of love and forgiveness as a practical force for good in today’s world. We are interested in how people truly experience and understand love and forgiveness from their diverse points of view, especially from the perspective of their daily work in the world.
Our Point of View
We believe in the transformative power of love, love that protects us in our vulnerability while also impelling us to tend to the needs of others. We believe that forgiveness can also be transformative, a process that further extends the healing power of love. We accept that these forces have power: power to heal, and power to transform even the most difficult, troubled situation into something that is generative, affirming, and life-giving. In a world that seems dominated by aggression and separation, we are part of a broad and deep yearning for something different.
We join those who desire greater civility in our public lives, who seek a return to sharing human connections through community, who exhibit an openness to love, forgiveness, and compassion, and who hunger for deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Our work is grounded in a conviction that the connection between the inner life of spirit and outer life of service and action in the world holds the key to lasting change. All of our activities—past, present, and future—are united by a desire to help improve the human condition by increasing conscious awareness of the relationship between this inner and outer life. This desire is central to the world’s religious and wisdom traditions. While the Institute has no particular religious affiliation, we honor and learn from these many traditions.