Karsten Mathiasen (Denmark)

Karsten Mathiasen is a Danish clown and storyteller who shares here his own personal story of healing and forgiveness after a bitter marital breakdown. Karsten is director of Cirkus Bella Donna, one of the smallest circuses in Denmark and uses the art of storytelling in peacebuilding and social work – tilgivelse.dk. The catastrophe happened some years… more

Mathew Shurka (USA)

In 2004, when Mathew Shurka was 16 his father took him to a licensed therapist who claimed he could make gay people straight.  As a result Mathew, who lives in Brooklyn New York, is now a prominent activist working to end conversion therapy. I grew up in the suburbs of New York in a close-knit… more

Liz Stone (USA)

Photo by Amber Cashio Liz Stone was just 16 when her best friend was murdered; compounding her existing depression she was later hospitalized for attempted suicide. After a series of abusive relationships, she married and started a family but the trauma of her past caught up with her. I’ve been held captive twice in my… more

Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal (USA)

In 2005, Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal had a life-changing conversation. Both were working at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles when they realized they had met 26 years earlier, when a group of teen-aged Nazi-punks attacked and beat a gay homeless 14-year-old boy. Matthew Boger was that young boy and Tim Zaal, at… more

Brenda Adelman (USA)

Brenda Adelman’s mother, an award-winning artist and photographer, was shot and killed in her home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1995. Brenda’s father pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served two and half years in prison. Since then, with a degree in Spiritual Psychology, Brenda has written a one-woman show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet”, based on… more

Scarlett Lewis (USA)

On Dec 14th 2012 Scarlett Lewis’s 6-year-old son, Jesse, was killed when gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and shot dead 20 children and six staff before turning the gun on himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting at a school in U.S. history. Since then, with the encouragement of her older son… more

Dr. Chuck Sandstrom (USA)

Dr. Chuck Sandstrom was a seasoned organizational leader and motivational speaker when in 2009 he was brutally assaulted by a stranger in Akron Ohio. In spite of his life-altering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and with the support of his wife Auburn, Chuck has come to unconditionally forgive the man who assaulted him and has actively… more

Ish Kode Bish Iki / Morris (Doc) Mosay (USA)

Photo by Sweetgrass McKenzie & Louisa Hext Ish Kode Bish Iki (Morris ‘Doc’ Mosay) was taken from his family as a young boy and placed in a Native American boarding school where children were immersed in European-American culture in order to “civilize” and “Christianize” them. The number of Native American children in these schools reached a… more

Ray Minniecon (Australia)

Photo by Charlotte Sawyer Ray Minniecon is an Aboriginal pastor with roots in the Kabikabi and Gurang-Gurang tribes of Queensland. He lives in Sydney and has dedicated his life to supporting members of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginals.  The term “Stolen Generations” refers to the tens of thousands of Aboriginal children who, from the late… more

Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler  (Norway)

Photo by Katalin Karolyi Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler is a survivor of the July 2011 attacks on Utøya island in Norway when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 69 people and injured 110 others. Most of the dead were students attending a summer camp organised by the AUF, the youth division of the… more

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