International Symposium on Forgiveness and Reconciliation         
        A very successful Symposium took place on 2nd April 2014 in Birmingham, UK. The event was co-sponsored by the Fetzer Institute, the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP).  
Leading thinkers and activists from many conflict transformation, peacemaking and reconciliation organisations gathered in Birmingham both for networking and for the preparation of future collaborative activities.  The event was led by Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh, spiritual leader and Chairman of the Sikh community GNNSJ and co-convenor of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project and by Dr. Josef Boehle, Director of the Charter Project. Dr William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International is also a co-convenor of the Charter project. 

The day’s agenda included discussions of some of the key questions and critical issues to be considered in creating the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, as well as extensive deliberations on the critical role of forgiveness in justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding. 

The Symposium served as a springboard to action on establishing the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation in 2015. The proposed Charter aims to inspire and engage individuals, groups and communities and societies in both public processes and personal settings, appealing to humanity as the basis for practising genuine forgiveness and reconciliation, seeking justice and sustainable peace.

30 participants and observers attended the Symposium. For more details on the Day's Programme, Presenters, Chairpersons and Moderators, please click HERE.  

        Fetzer Blog Post: The Delicate Process of Establishing a Charter for Forgiveness

Following the Symposium, Marina Cantacuzino, Founder and Director of The Forgiveness Project, wrote a blog post published by the Fetzer Institute on the challenge of developing the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Here is a link to her post.

        For further News, Perspectives and Updates please visit the Blog and News Pages of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project:

Blog and News of the Charter Project
"Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness."        
--- Marianne Williamson