Exploring Forg­­iveness: An Exhibition of Stories and Programme of Events, Feb.

8 – 18 February 2016

All people are capable of being perpetrators or victims – and sometimes both”

Father Michael Lapsley, Zimbabwe – injured by a letter bomb

During ten days in February we will be hosting the acclaimed exhibition of the Forgiveness Project, a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.   Drawing together voices from South Africa, Rwanda, USA, Middle East and UK, the exhibition examines forgiveness as a very human healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.  The exhibition and programme of events are open to people of all faiths and none.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

 

Where: All events take place at 125 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6RG – home to the Churches of St Anne’s and St Andrew’s and The London Inter Faith Centre.

Contact: For information and bookings contact Jo Winsloe Slater, at jo.winsloe@londoninterfaith.org.uk or

on 07725 95 4005

 

Exhibition drop-in times.  Stop in and view the exhibition anytime during the following times:

Friday 12 Feb,                    12:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday 13 Feb,              10am – 12:30pm

Monday 15 Feb,               12:00 – 2:00pm

Tuesday 16 Feb,               2:00pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday 17 Feb,        3:00pm – 5:00pm

 

(Monday 8 Feb – Friday 12 Feb – various time for private bookings and groups. Please contact Jo.)

 

Programme

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Ash Wednesday Service, St Anne’s Church

Wednesday 10 February, 6:30pm-7:30pm with a Service at 7:30-8:30pm

Congregation, guests and friends are all welcome to a silent, reflective private view of the exhibition before an Ash Wednesday Service hosted by St Anne’s Church of England.   The service is open to all.

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It could happen to anyone: consequences, punishment and forgiveness

An afternoon with The Forgiveness Project

Saturday 13 February, 3.00pm – 5:30 (exhibition open until 7pm)

An afternoon with local resident, Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project with storytellers Shad Ali and Jacob Dunne in conversation about unforeseen consequences, the role of forgiveness and the criminal justice system.

In July 2008 Shad was attacked when he came to the rescue of two Pakistani women who were being racially abused by a passing pedestrian. Six years later Shad met his attacker at a face-to-face restorative justice meeting.   Our second speaker, Jacob, was out for an evening in town with his friends when he got into a fight, fatally knocking a man to his death and for which he was charged with manslaughter.  He recently met his victim’s mother.

Marina founded The Forgiveness Project in 2004, setting 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.  The first stories were gathered while the war in Iraq was still a topic of fierce debate, and against a background of pay-back and retaliation.  These narratives of hope 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.  Since its founding the organisation has gone on to develop an award winning programme delivered in prisons.

Refreshments available.  Marina’s book “The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age” in paperback, will be on sale.

£10 on the door (concessions available – no one turned away)   Please book your place!

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Stories to Live By: faith based stories and their meaning today

Sunday 14 February, 2.00-5.00pm (exhibition viewing 2.00-3.00pm, event 3.00-5.00pm)

Join us for a vivid sharing of what six of our different faiths teach about forgiveness.  And evening of storytelling, reflection and discussion facilitated by Rev’d Maggie Hindley, Co-Director of The London Inter Faith Centre and Minister of St Andrew’s Church.  All welcome.  Free event.

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How sweet is revenge?

Monday 15 February, 7:30-9:30pm

An evening circle exploring our impulse for revenge and whether there are times when it can work to resolve hurt.  A facilitated space for sharing, listening, and witnessing without commentary or judgement.

All welcome.  Spaces limited to 15 people.  The exhibition will be open for viewing after the workshop.

Facilitated by Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst, Deirdre Johnson

£10 on the door (concessions available – no one turned away)   Please book your place!

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My Enemy: My Brother – Short film (20mins) and discussion

Tuesday 16 February, 12:30 – 2.00pm

My Enemy, My Brother is a real life story about two former enemies, Zahed and Najah, who fought in the Iran-Iraq War as teenagers and who meet each other again twenty years later.   A moving and uplifting short film, beautifully produced, about finding humanity in the chaos of war and friendship in the aftermath.

All welcome – please let us know you are coming.          Please book!

No charge but donation requested towards a light lunch.

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Forgiveness: a herculean feat? A creative writing workshop

Thursday 18 February, 10.00am-12:30pm – with exhibition open for viewing from 9.00am

Join us for a writing workshop with local storyteller Sarah Deco who will be using an ancient tale as a stimulus for our writing.  No experience of storytelling or creative writing needed, just a willingness to explore thoughts, experiences and reflections through words.

All welcome.  Spaces limited to 12 people

Sarah Deco is co-organiser of the North London Traditional Storytelling Circle.  She is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling and has many years experience in therapeutic and community arts.

Suggested donation £5-£10 (or what you can afford; no-one turned away)   Please book your place!

 

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