Flashpoint: The journey to forgiveness, from addict to advocate, and Nostalgic Eyecare

January 12, 2020 - 6:00 am
This week's panel includes Sister Cathy Nerney, Ph.D., Chad Dion Lassiter, Dawan Williams, and Luis Berrios (not pictured)

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the journey to forgiveness. 

Studios show that releasing animosity and letting things go can improve your physical and psychological health, but the road to this type of freedom is not always easy.  America is in many ways the land of second chances, but in recent years, "cancel culture" has become a dominant force. How do you forgive major slights like crimes against a person? Or how about crimes against society? 

We do a deep dive into what it takes to let go of bitterness and hatred with Sister Cathy Nerney, Ph.D., director of the Institute on Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College, who joins Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of Pennsylvania Commission on Human Relations, Dawan Williams, manager of the Restorative Justice Program at Mural Arts of Philadelphia and Luis Berrios, who was shot in the back outside of his North Philadelphia home and embarked on a forgiveness tour as part of his healing.

Chekesha Ellis
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The newsmaker of the week is Chekesha Ellis, a recovery advocate based in New Jersey. Ellis abused opioids for a decade, losing her hearing because of her addiction. This year, she is set to celebrate 10 years in recovery. Ellis has made headlines, representing New Jersey in national conferences. She is working on her memoir and is a blogger and public speaker.

Finally, the Patriot Home Care changemaker of the week is Dr. Kennard Herring, owner of Nostalgic Eyecare. Once an eyeglass tech, Herring went back to school with a goal of bringing the gift of sight to those in need. During the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, on Jan 18 and 20 from 9 to 5pm, Herring will host an event where his business will provide free eye exams and eyeglasses for kids and those in need. 

Dr. Kennard Herring
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