Event: The Politics of Forgiveness with Richard Holloway
Former journalist Marina Cantacuzino's The Forgiveness Project has been doing extraordinary work for the last thirteen years, seeking out and hosting stories of radical acts of forgiveness between people and communities. She explains here:
As a freelance journalist I wrote stories between 1990-2004 about ordinary people’s struggles and triumphs: the challenges they faced with their relationships, their health, and their work. As a result I became acutely aware that far more effective than reporting on the views of experts and analysts, was being able to share the authentic voices of people who had lived through difficult experiences.
Consequently, when I founded The Forgiveness Project in 2004, I set out to tell the real stories of people whose response to being harmed was not a call for revenge but rather a quest for restoration and healing.
With the war in Iraq still a topic of fierce debate, and against a background of pay-back and retaliation, these narratives of hope seemed to tap into a deep public need for alternative and peaceful responses to violence. The stories reflect the complex, intriguing and deeply personal nature of forgiveness, occupying a space of inquiry and authenticity rather than dogma or the need to fix.
In recent years, the FP has been running a public lecture series - and this year they have a real ethical powerhouse on stage: Richard Holloway, ex-bishop of Edinburgh, and one of the most searching a and thoughtful public intellectuals in the UK. Chaired by the Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti, The event details are here, Richard's book on forgiveness is available here, and the event blurb is below.
The date is Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 19:00 – 21:00, and we thoroughly recommend you attend:
Forgiveness is normally associated with the experience of individuals and the ebb and flow of their personal relationships. But it is arguable that forgiveness - or its lack - at the institutional or political level is even more important for the health of the human community. In this lecture, Richard Holloway will offer a wide-ranging interpretation of the complexity of the human condition and the fundamental importance of forgiveness to the sustaining of its social and political institutions. And he will argue that there has rarely been a time when it is more needed than today.