Resource: Forgiveness | Forgiveness Project - 54 case studies
Forgiveness Project - 54 case studies
The Forgiveness Project presents 54 case studies of people talking about the part forgiveness has played in their life. Each case study is accessed by clicking on a thumbnail picture of the individual, and text is clear and of a manageable length. Some of the case studies reflect a religious perspective, others don’t, and all are engaging and relevant to support discussion.
The aims of the The Forgiveness Project are to:
i) Awareness – raise the debate by collecting and sharing personal stories (and images)
ii) Education – encourage and empower people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to conflict and revenge
ii) Inspiration – engage civil society, as well as transform hearts and minds
a) Ask students to choose one or two of the case studies. They should read each story carefully, highlighting a) characteristic features of forgiveness; b) effects of forgiving and being forgiven; c) effects of not being able to forgive. They plan three questions they would like to ask of each of the people whose story they have read. What answers do they think they would give?
b) Ask students to consider the aims of The Forgiveness Project. With reference to the teachings of the religions they are studying, ask them to identify and explain:
i) How far would members of these religions be likely to support the aims?
i) How far might the students themselves be prepared to support the aims, and what practical steps could they take in their schools and local community?