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