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

NEWS: A tribute to Shad Ali by Marina Cantacuzino

I first met Shad Ali when we were both being recorded for a Channel 4 programme on forgiveness. His interview made it through to transmission – mine didn’t. It was obvious why; Shad had an extraordinary way of expressing ideas and feelings, and his story had a real capacity to open minds and hearts. After […]

EVENT: 7th Annual Lecture: The Politics of Forgiveness, 11 October 2017

We are excited to announce that writer and broadcaster, Richard Holloway will be delivering our seventh Annual Lecture on The Politics of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is normally associated with the experience of individuals and the ebb and flow of their personal relationships. But it is arguable that forgiveness – or its lack – at the institutional […]

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 […]