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
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.Themba Lonzi from South Africa
Themba Lonzi is a facilitator of community-based healing through storytelling.
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. The afternoon programme will also include a performance of the play "Bassam" followed by a panel discussion. The play is about Bassam Aramin's journey from violence to non-violence and explores the broader moral themes of forgiveness and hope during the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, while demonstrating parallels with other conflicts around the world. See Bassam The Show on Facebook for more information.
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.
Note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis
RSVP not later than Noon on Thursday 15th May to Shonagh Higgenbotham at
Crumlin Road Gaol is located at 53-55 Crumlin Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT14 6ST
Learn more about Beyond Walls and The Fetzer Institute