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Journey Discussions: Forgiving 2020

February 25, 2021  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



The year 2020 brought unexpected change, uncertainty, and hardship. Many of us have experienced grief and resentment that was sometimes directed at ourselves, sometimes at others, and sometimes at the unfairness of the situation generated by events in 2020.

Forgetting 2020 won’t be possible or advisable, but forgiving the situation created during that turbulent year will help us move ahead in a positive direction. Forgiveness means letting go of the desire for a different past and accepting whatever happened that wasn’t supposed to happen.

It means becoming empowered by what Dr. Heacock calls the 4 Cs: connections, courage, compassion, and creativity.

Heacock shares insights from people who forgave major offenses, wisdom from the world’s religions, and research from the social sciences to help us cope with our pain and disappointments and create a hopeful, innovative, and kind-hearted path forward.

Virtual presentations are back with Journey Discussions! This Zoom presentation features a live Q&A. You can submit questions ahead of time after registering.

This is a free program, but there is limited registration space.


Christy Heacock, Ph.D., serves the community as Board Chair of The Journey Museum and Learning Center. She holds degrees from the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Walden University.

She is a research psychologist, educator, and author of the book “Being Human Is Hard: Choose Forgiveness.”

Her doctorate is in psychology, and she has been researching forgiveness over the past seven years, interviewing people from diverse faiths who have forgiven major offenses. Her work weaves together wisdom from the world’s religions with neuroscience and cognitive-behavioral psychology.

Dr. Heacock has taught a variety of subjects to high school and college students, including social sciences, history, math, critical thinking, human relations, religion, and wisdom traditions. She has also served as a Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage (REACH) trainer, as well as Civil Discourse Program Coordinator for Rapid City Public Schools.


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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.