The Forgiveness Project is an award-winning, secular organisation that collects and shares real stories of forgiveness to build understanding, encourage reflection and enable people to reconcile with the pain and move forward from the trauma in their own lives. Our exhibitions, events, and programmes use narrative learning techniques to present alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice.
The stories of forgiveness on our website demonstrate that forgiveness is first and foremost a personal journey: a visceral process with no set rules or time limits. It is not dependent on faith and it is often just “as mysterious as love”.
Here you can watch Archbishop Desmond Tutu introduce the work of Marina Cantacuzino, the founder of The Forgiveness Project, whose book ‘The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age‘ has been recently published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness exhibition is a thought-provoking collection of arresting images accompanied by personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity. The exhibition has been seen in more than 550 venues, across 14 countries, to an audience of over 70,000 people. Find out more.
Building on the transformative power of storytelling, the charity runs a pioneering and now award-winning prison programme in England and Wales called RESTORE, which aims to reduce the number of victims of crime through the rehabilitation of offenders. Find out more.
Since 2004 The Forgiveness Project has collected over 140 personal stories, and many people who have shared their stories are part of our Speakers’ Bureau. The speakers are based around the world and they are an integral part of the numerous events we run throughout the year including workshops, lectures and exhibitions. Find out more.