Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project
The vision behind the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation is that forgiving is an activity necessary for healing and reconciliation to take place, when seeking justice and sustainable peace. The practice of forgiving can transform legacies and memories of injustice, conflicts and wars. It can liberate people from being imprisoned in their past and themselves, and allow the grace of the Divine to restore peace and harmony amongst individuals and communities.
The Charter will draw attention to the activity of ‘forgiveness’ which has its roots in the quality of compassion, which is the foundation for all Dharams, Religions or Faiths, and in the need for healing and reconciliation in a fractured world. It would be the logical ‘next step’ from the existing Charter for Compassion [ http://charterforcompassion.org/ ] pointing us towards concrete, compassionate actions with their transformative power.
A focus on tangible examples of forgiveness in action will help to identify and promote forgiveness as an effective practical solution for conflict resolution. It would draw attention to the ability to forgive that is first experienced by us in the unconditional love of our mothers for their children and is often visible in the particular capabilities and virtues of women.
The proposed Charter will draw on values and examples from sacred texts and from different spiritual traditions (1), from religious/spiritual communities and from the lives of outstanding individuals. With such paradigms, the Charter will direct commitment and activities towards a growing practice of forgiveness and reconciliation, both in public processes and in private settings.
Heroic acts of forgiveness have helped to resolve, or de-escalate, major conflicts throughout history. But forgiveness also plays an important role in sustaining harmonious relationships in the more mundane, daily lives of families and communities.
(1) Examples will be drawn from the sacred texts of major world religions, such as the Torah, the Bible, the Koran, the Guru Granth Sahib
and from other spiritual traditions.
More information on the project (PDF Brochure): Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project
Project Director: Dr Josef Boehle
Nishkam Centre Programmes:
Fetzer Institute Resources on Love and Forgiveness
Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace:
Quotations from the UN System on Forgiveness and Reconciliation:
“The UNAOC is a unique entity within the UN network, as it is the only initiative serving as means to promote understanding, reconciliation and forgiveness. We have taken the time to understand the dynamics and social processes that drive interfaith dialogue and encourage peaceful coexistence. We recognize that we must give every group—no matter its practiced faith of choice—an equal chance, an equal voice in decision-making. We can empower them.”
Remarks By H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser United Nations High Representative For the Alliance of Civilizations
At “World Interfaith Harmony: Vital for Peace and Development” Event, 12 February 2014.
“I am pleased that many of you have shown a commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has core values
in common with great world religions. Your work to mobilize communities to support suffering people contributes to our shared development goals. And the power of religions to promote reconciliation through forgiveness can significantly advance our work to address the root causes of conflicts and achieve lasting peace.”
Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Religions for Peace World Assembly, 20 November 2013.