At a time of growing social divisions and religious fundamentalism, The Forgiveness Project has gained a solid reputation for fostering empathy and providing people with tools to break the cycle of harm and retaliation. One of these tools is the internationally-renowned travelling exhibition The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness. The collection uses real stories of forgiveness to challenge black and white worldviews and build bridges between people based on our shared humanity.
The conversation in our culture seems increasingly focused on retaliation and revenge - we are constantly confronted with images of hurt, harm and trauma, and "us vs. them" rhetoric clouds complex conflicts. There is an urgent need to change this lens, with a focus on deeper and more nuanced exploration of issues.
Crucial to our ethos is that we explore rather than persuade, presenting opportunities for individuals to reflect on their own lives. The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness explores forgiveness in the face of atrocity; drawing together voices from across the world it examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope. Our new exhibition will be more accessible and interactive, providing support and guidance for people during and after their visit.
The Forgiveness Project works to build understanding and give people the opportunity to move forward from trauma and conflict, enabling both personal and societal transformation. To help us achieve this, we are extremely grateful to have been offered an amazing match funding opportunity.