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The Power of Forgiveness

Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP, Features Rev. Jacki Belile of Living Well Ministries for Upcoming Meditations on Activism Presentation.

Chicago, IL, December 22, 2009 --( Want to explore the promises and challenges of experiencing forgiveness, and the relationship of forgiveness to emotional, spiritual, physical and social health?

Rev. Jacki Belile, C.E.C., certified empowerment coach and ordained American Baptist minister, will present the film, The Power of Forgiveness, as part of Thousand Waves’ “Meditations on Activism” lecture series. Following the film, attendees can participate in a brief, silent meditation before refreshments and discussion. Discussion topics, led by Rev. Belile, include responses to the film as well as reflections and questions from collective experiences of systemic and random violence. The lecture will delve into the connection between forgiveness, nonviolence and the sustained activism that heals lives around the world.

The event is planned for 4 p.m., Saturday January 16, 2010 at Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP. Thousand Waves is located at 1220 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago, and the event is free and open to the public.

As the founder of Living Well Ministries, Rev. Belile creates sacred spaces for transformation through spiritual life coaching, classes and retreats. She has led classes and retreats on wellness, LGBTQ spiritual journeys and forgiveness since 2002. Her local and long-distance coaching clients often focus on forgiveness in their work with her.

The Power of Forgiveness explores forgiveness through research, the vision of a Garden of Forgiveness at 9/11 Ground Zero, the personal experiences of children and the wisdom of many faith traditions.


About Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP:
Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP, is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution located in Chicago. Key programs include traditional martial arts for adults, teens and children; self-defense seminars serving over 600 people annually; Meditations on Activism, an ongoing free public lecture series with activists in the struggle to reduce local and global violence; and the Thousand Waves Scholarship Fund, which gives grants totaling $2500/month to 30-35 individuals to participate in martial arts and self-defense programs. Meditations on Activism was inspired by an impromptu meditation class held at Thousand Waves after the September 11th attacks, and the series seeks to link individual and community experiences to events in the larger world as well as deepen understanding of violence around the globe. The series also aims to draw connections between our lives and the causes of and solutions to violence, providing a spur to discussion, reflection, and action. For more information, please visit
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Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center, NFP
Jayne Spottswood
773-472-7663; Cell: 312-209-5046
Twitter: @TWSeido

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