“The Audacity of Forgiveness”
From composer Gregg August:
My piece is a dedication to the extraordinary example of forgiveness shown by the Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 2006, hours after five young girls were gunned down in a one room Amish schoolhouse, the community members offered forgiveness to the gunman’s family and set up a charity fund for his parents, widow and children. Setting aside their own grief and anger, several Amish leaders visited, embraced and consoled the gunman’s family. In these times of bitter divisions, acts of unconditional love and forgiveness, such as these inspire and give us hope.