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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2016 has been a challenging year for many across the world as views become ever more polarised and communities feel fractured and isolated. The Forgiveness Project works with stories as a tool for change. Collecting and sharing real stories of transformation, we seek to foster tolerance, build empathy and give people the opportunity to break […]

NEWS: 6th Annual Lecture – ‘Thoroughly entertaining and deeply moving’

“The Quality of Mercy: anger, forgiveness and making peace with the past’” was the thought-provoking title of the 2016 Forgiveness Project Annual Lecture held this year at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Friday, 2nd December. “Thoroughly entertaining and deeply moving” is how one audience member described the event. She was referring to the […]

EVENT: Annual Lecture – The Quality of Mercy – anger, forgiveness and making peace with the past

We are very excited to announce that the poet Lemn Sissay will be delivering our 2016 Annual Lecture, on the subject of The Quality of Mercy – anger, forgiveness and making peace with the past. He will be talking about how the rejection and isolation he experienced in foster care has shaped him as an artist, and how telling […]