Exploring Compassion and Forgiveness: International Workshop

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INCORE Announcement - 29 April 2014
Exploring Compassion and Forgiveness

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The International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and Beyond Walls invite you to

Exploring the Promise and Pitfalls of Compassion and Forgiveness

Sharing learning from South Africa, Israel-Palestine
and the conflict in and about Northern Ireland

On 19 May 2014, 9:30am to 5:00pm
Crumlin Road Gaol

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Event Outline

This one day public event forms part of an international conflict transformation project, delivered in partnership between INCORE and Beyond Walls Ltd, funded in part and supported by The Fetzer Institute (USA).

This project is about gathering and sharing learning from experienced practitioners and participants promoting peace/reconciliation/social healing/humanisation in places of deep seated political conflict. There is a particular emphasis on exploring the promise and pitfalls of compassion and forgiveness, mostly at the level of interpersonal and small group human relations. Small scale reflective workshops have been held in South Africa, Israel-Palestine, Northern Ireland/North of Ireland and Ireland to gather practical wisdom from those with lived experience of political violence/war/conflict and with experience of the transformation of its destructive relational legacies.

In May 2014 we are bringing together a few participants from the country specific workshops. On May 19th there will be an opportunity for the public to listen to and interact with these participants.

International Speakers
1.    Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and Themba Lonzi from South Africa

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is a former Commissioner within the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and well-known author. Themba Lonzi is a facilitator of community-based healing through storytelling.
1.    Bassam Aramin and Netta Hazan from Israel-Palestine

Bassam Aramin and Netta Hazan come from opposing political backgrounds but are working together as leading members of Combatants for Peace.
1.    Additional input from Alistair Little and Wilhelm Verwoerd (Directors, Beyond Walls), and Brandon Hamber (INCORE)

One of the aims of the project is to creatively share this learning with as many people as possible. To this end all the workshops and the public event are filmed, thus allowing for the development of multi-media educational resources.
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Note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis

RSVP not later than Monday 15th May to Shonagh Higgenbotham at s.higgenbotham at ulster.ac.uk<mailto:%20s.higgenbotham at ulster.ac.uk>

Crumlin Road Gaol<http://www.crumlinroadgaol.com/> is located at 53-55 Crumlin Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT14 6ST

Learn more about Beyond Walls<http://beyondwalls.co.uk/> and The Fetzer Institute<http://www.fetzer.org/>

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