Camilla Carr and Jon James whose story is on this website were taken hostage in Chechnya in 1997 and survived 14 months in captivity. They have been moved by the plight of the Chilean miners and have been trying to get a message to the 33 men trapped 700 meters beneath the earth. They want… more
The Forgiveness Project was mentioned in The Observer this Sunday in a front-page article entitled Prisons minister says criminals could cut jail sentences by saying ‘sorry’. It’s just a tiny a mention, and they don’t get it quite right either. We do not physically bring victims together to meet their offenders! This is a common… more
Thanks to funding received from the Allen Lane Foundation we have been working jointly with Why Me? – a new organisation which has been set up by, and for, victims of crime who have benefited from their experience of Restorative Justice. The stories show the powerful impact that a face-to-face meeting between victim and offender… more
In 2003, I was introduced to a man who had committed a double murder. He had recently been released from prison after serving a life sentence and was trying to readjust to a world very different from the one he’d left 15 years earlier. It was the first time I’d knowingly met someone who had… more
Welcome to our newly designed website launched on 3rd June 2010. This website has many more features than the old one – more information about our projects, new stories exploring forgiveness & reconciliation (including a special project with Combatants for Peace), and an opportunity to give us feedback if you’ve seen The F Word exhibition. Also,… more
From the moment I first met Archbishop Desmond Tutu back in 2003, it was always my intention to one day ask him to give a lecture in London on behalf of The Forgiveness Project, an organization which he supports that explores forgiveness and reconciliation through the personal stories of real people. Knowing, however, that everyone… more
In October 2009, The Forgiveness Project’s director went to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the West Bank to collect stories from a remarkable organisation called Combatants for Peace. Combatants for Peace is a movement founded by Palestinians and Israelis who once took an active part in the cycle of violence – and now work together… more
We have been delighted at how quickly Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s inaugural lecture in our new annual lecture series has sold out. This has unfortunately left many disappointed people but we are planning to film the event which will be shown on our website. The lecture, ‘Is Violence Ever Justified?’ will be held at St John… more
View our short film based on stories from The F Word exhibition.
Through the digital media accredited course we ran at High Down prison in Surrey during 2008-9 we made several short films devised and created by prisoners chronicling their life stories and ideas around forgiveness. Committing stories to film is a powerful way to strengthen victim empathy and convey remorse.