The Forgiveness Project’s unique contribution to this debate is to provide a space of enquiry rather than argument, to ask questions rather than provide answers, and to explore key aspects of forgiveness and its impact through individual real life stories.
Analysis of the many stories The Forgiveness Project has collected over the years shows that while forgiveness is not a linear process, and seldom a one-off event, nevertheless certain qualities and values feature in most of the stories.
These stories come from all over the world and whether they focus on mending broken hearts or broken communities, show that forgiveness is about connecting to a common, shared humanity.
"My work with the Parents’ Circle has become the centre of my life, a sacred mission."
"In visiting and talking to Johnny I discovered he wasn’t the monster I thought he was going to be."
"My commitment became to be the opposite of a terrorist; to love like an extremist."
"I strongly suspected that if I were to meet him I’d put my hands round his neck and do him in."
RESTORE is The Forgiveness Project’s award-winning, intensive group based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards desistance from crime.
The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness exhibition is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.
Download our free Education Resources now to explore forgiveness, justice and empathy with young people aged 14+.
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