The mission of the Fetzer Institute, to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community, rests on its conviction that efforts to address the world’s critical issues must go beyond political, social and economic strategies to their psychological and spiritual roots. The Institute uses the bulk of its income to actively run its own programs or services, and it does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. It occasionally offers fellowships, requests for proposals and awards that are open for application.
As important as the content of the Fetzer Institute’s work is the way it collaborates with others to develop its programs. In an open and trusting environment, the Institute convenes working groups to discern areas of future activity. It then invests in the wisdom and the questions that emerge from these dialogues. Institute meetings include dialogue, inquiry, reflection and contemplation, as well as attention to measurable outcomes. This approach enhances traditional models, transforming individuals, organizations and communities.
The Fetzer Institute offers opportunities for retreat to the public and to those with whom it is in partnership. Its retreat settings are designed to facilitate purposeful work and contemplative practice, to foster a sense of community and well-being, to promote interaction and dialogue when needed, and to exemplify harmony with nature. Instrumental to the work ahead will be examining love and forgiveness through 16 international advisory councils. Each council will represent a sector of work in the world and will be called to help us understand the motivations and preconditions for the exercise of love and forgiveness in their field.
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