Exploring the possibilities of forgiveness through real stories.

The Forgiveness Project uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

  • “Choosing the path to stop the cycle of violence is just as difficult as choosing the other path of anger and hatred.” – Elizabeth Turner (England)

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  • “I tried to hide my tears from the other prisoners: they wouldn't have understood why I was crying about the pain of my oppressors.” – Bassam Aramin (Palestine)

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  • “Whether victim or perpetrator, part of being human is rolling up our sleeves and taking an active part in repairing harm.” – Katy Hutchison & Ryan Aldridge (Canada)

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  • “I knew that if I didn’t forgive, anger and bitterness would turn me into a person Charlotte would not have liked.” – Mary Foley (England)

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  • “I've gone from being a victim of crime to being able to see Billy's point of view.” – Matthew James (England)

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  • “I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice.” – Linda Biehl with Easy Nofemela & Ntobeko Peni (South Africa)

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Latest News

EVENT: Long Shadows of the Past and Surviving Intergenerational Trauma – 18 March 2016

We are delighted that a special Forgiveness Conversation is going to be held in Bristol as part of the Festival of Ideas. Dr Duncan Morrow, Hanneke Coates, Angela Findlay and Marian Liebmann explore the impact of trauma and war on their own families and communities. Ranging over war crimes and conflicts in Northern Ireland, Indonesia and […]

EVENT: Forgiveness Conversation – 1 February 2016 – SOLD OUT

Resolving rifts and healing grievances: finding peace in family relationships At the end of 2015, The Forgiveness Project announced its intention to work more broadly, moving away from telling only the extreme and shocking stories and concentrate as well on the kind of unresolved hurts that fester within families, the grievances that rip friendships apart. […]

BLOG: Forgiveness – the Oil That Heals Personal Relationships

When I first founded The Forgiveness Project in 2004 as a means of collecting and sharing real stories of forgiveness I tried to avoid stories of everyday grievances, grudges and resentments. The reason was that I’d spent 15 years as a journalist specialising in so-called “human interest” stories and I was frustrated by the increasingly […]