Forgiveness the focus of family conference

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It’s all very well to read the books about it—it’s a whole different ball game if you put it into practice.


Wahroonga, New South Wales

Forgiveness was the theme of this year’s National Christian Family Conference held at the Clinical Education Centre on the Sydney Adventist Hospital campus at Wahroonga.

More than 100 people across the South Pacific Division registered for the conference. Organised by the Adventist Institute of Family Relations, it is now in its 30th year.

Professor Everett Worthington from Virginia Commonwealth University (United States) was the keynote presenter. There were also presentations from Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Lindt Café siege survivor Louisa Hope. 

“It’s all very well to read the books about it—it’s a whole different ball game if you put it into practice,” Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton noted during her presentation on forgiveness in real life.

She briefly referred to her own experience of being falsely accused of murdering her baby daughter and the long difficult road before she was finally exonerated more than 30 years later. However she also said she wouldn’t change what had happened if it meant losing the lessons she had learned as a result of that journey.

“That’s what made me who I am today—but I wouldn’t have got through what happened without God,” she said.

“This conference has been an opportunity for me to reflect on my need to forgive others,” said one participant. “I really appreciated being here.”

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