Stories have the power to transform

The Forgiveness Project shares stories of forgiveness in order to build hope, empathy and understanding.

Questions

The Forgiveness Project’s unique contribution to this debate is to provide a space of enquiry rather than argument, to ask questions rather than provide answers, and to explore key aspects of forgiveness and its impact through individual real life stories.

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Themes

Analysis of the many stories The Forgiveness Project has collected over the years shows that while forgiveness is not a linear process, and seldom a one-off event, nevertheless certain qualities and values feature in most of the stories.

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Countries

These stories come from all over the world and whether they focus on mending broken hearts or broken communities, show that forgiveness is about connecting to a common, shared humanity.

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Tracey Ford

"Forgiveness is not saying that what happened was OK, it’s being able to say within your heart that...you won’t let it stop you...seeing humanity in the person who has hurt you."

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Ray Minniecon

"Reconciliation only happens when you’re restored in your own spirit."

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Salimata Badji-Knight

"Circumcising us was their way of seeking revenge - repeating a crime which had been done to them."

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Wael Salame

"If Palestinian freedom fighters and former Israeli soldiers can form a group with a common cause, then anyone can."

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RESTORE Programme

An award-winning, intensive group based intervention programme that supports prisoners in their process of change towards desistance from crime.

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The F Word exhibition

A thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.

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Education Resources

Download our free Education Resources now to explore forgiveness, justice and empathy with young people aged 14+.

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Support us

Please consider helping us promote humanising stories to transform hate into hope and conflict into conversation by donating to The Forgiveness Project.

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