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: Telling the story of sexual violence – 22 June 2017

This next Forgiveness Conversation will explore how we talk about sexual violence. It will examine the role of forgiveness as an act of personal self-preservation and consider the impact of speaking your story publicly. Madeleine Black, a counsellor and Forgiveness Project storyteller, will share her personal experience in conversation with Dr Nina Burrowes, a psychologist […]

The Forgiveness Project – New Director!

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Bird is The Forgiveness Project’s new Director! Rachel has been our Operations Director, in effect Acting Director, since our previous CEO Tim Mungeam stepped down a year ago. Chair of Trustees, Lizzie Nelson said: “During the last year, Rachel has developed The Forgiveness Project, embedding her vision for a progressive […]

EVENT: Forgiveness: Cracking open the heart – 17 May 2017

Our next Forgiveness Conversation will grapple with forgiveness as something which is born out of surrender and the acceptance of loss. We will look at grief and how forgiveness can create a space for living and regrowth. Olivier Clerc, an international lecturer and workshop-leader specialising in forgiveness will speak alongside Anne-Marie Cockburn who has her […]