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Can forgiveness repair communities was the key theme for the screening of Beyond Forgiving, which was held as part of The Forgiveness Project's 10th anniversary celebrations.


Calgary, March 2014—Months of preparation under the guidance of Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta culminated in a trustbuilding workshop organized and led by student interns from the University of Calgary’s Community Service Learning Project. This program finds community partners willing to provide practical experience for these students to complement their course on “Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research.”

Education for Peace workshop

Nathalie Chavanne recently assisted in her first workshop in a town near Paris, run by the Initiatives of Change programme Education for Peace. Approximately 30 ten-year-olds, who had been elected to take part in their town council, took part.

Foundations for Freedom Regional Meeting, Kiev, Ukraine

Dialogue was used to improve understanding and develop trust building at the Regional Meeting of Foundations for Freedom, which took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 6-8 December 2013.

The Railway Man (for use on M Henderson website only)

A film about the amazing life of Eric Lomax has just opened with Colin Firth playing the part of this terribly tortured World War II prisoner of the Japanese who turned a hated enemy into a friend. Lomax died in 2012 at the age of 93 and was a soldier who in the words of an article in the Daily Telegraph made 'the choice of reconciliation over retribution'. His experience indicates that there may be a time and season for forgiveness that sometimes cannot and should not be rushed.

(L-R) Assaad Chaftari, Marie Aoun and Jim Lynn in front of Clonard Monastery, Belfast

Assaad Chaftari, a former senior militia commander in the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s-80s, and his wife Marie Aoun, spent 11 days in Belfast, Manchester, Oxford and London in September.