Forgiveness: A Moral Minefield
Date(s) - 19/03/2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Initiatives of Change UK
Forgiveness divides public opinion down the middle. Some see it as an immensely noble and humbling response to atrocity. But for others it is a betrayal which releases the aggressor and even encourages further violence.
Forgiveness is a very personal initiative but is also vital in a global context. In countries where there is conflict, there is often a cycle of vengeance that perpetuates violence, pain and suffering over generations. How can this vicious cycle be broken?
Profound change, compassion and understanding are a process that takes time. How do we foster this process? Evidence shows that inviting people to share their different perspectives creates change.
The forum will explore the link between personal forgiveness and the journey to healing a wider society.
Marina Cantacuzino’s background is in journalism. In 2003, during the lead up to the Iraq War, she began collecting personal stories of atrocity and terrorism which revealed the horrifying dogma of vengeance. These stories led to her founding The Forgiveness Project which explores forgiveness and reconciliation through individual stories, and promotes alternatives to violence and revenge (http://theforgivenessproject.com/).