Gov. Brownback urges Kansans to seek, give forgiveness this week
By The Herald Staff | 11/25/2013
TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback wants a state of forgiveness and gratitude for Kansas.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Brownback issued a proclamation Monday declaring “A Week of Reconciliation” through Saturday.
“As we enter the holiday season, a time when families and friends gather to celebrate traditions, I encourage Kansans to consider the importance of reconciliation and forgiveness,” Brownback said in a news release.
The governor cited author M. Scott Peck’s writings that “the overall purpose of human communication is — or should be — reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another.”
“Forgiveness is a sign of strength,” Brownback said. “It may be difficult to reach out to those who have hurt us or those whom we have hurt, but I encourage all Kansans to build a bridge of reconciliation.”
Brownback, a conservative Republican who was elected governor in 2010 and took office in January 2011, issued similar calls for reconciliation in 2011 and 2012.