New course starting September 23rd 2024

Bookings are open for John Steward’s new course Alive to Love: living well in difficult times.

There will be nine weekly two-hour sessions between Monday Sept 23rd and Monday Nov 18th. The sessions are run on Zoom, will start at 7.15pm and the group size is limited to ten people.

The sessions are based on John’s work with peace-builders in post-genocide Rwanda. They are designed to help you imagine a world where you too might become a peacemaker by first being at peace within yourself.

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Study Guide – feedback 2019

In a study guide feedback session with nine participants, respondents reflected on powerful discussions on forgiveness, confronting personal pain, and the strength gained from storytelling and community building.

Difficult moments involved processing heavy emotional content, particularly regarding the Rwandan genocide. Suggestions for improvement included longer sessions and varied learning methods. Personal changes embraced a deeper understanding of forgiveness, with many noting a shift towards calmness and less judgment.

Participants anticipated sharing their transformative experiences to encourage others in conflict and healing processes, underlining the value of support throughout the journey.

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Forgiveness – five components

A forgiveness journey comprises five stages: self-love through acceptance of personal emotions; an attitude of forgiving the transgressor; willingness to engage with the offender; being open to apologies; and communal restoration of the offender.

These phases, akin to nature’s Fibonacci sequence, reflect a progression towards healing and must be approached patiently, ensuring acts of restitution following wrongdoing.

Forgiveness intertwines personal reflection and societal justice, advocating a gradual process that fosters genuine reconciliation and communal harmony.

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Recovery after conflict

WHAT DO WE NEED TO RECOVER AFTER CONFLICT?   Many years ago the philosophers Gorovitz and MacIntyre wrote about human failings.[1] They suggested that in the realms where control is within our reach, we have two reasons why we might still fail. The first is ignorance due to a partial understanding of how something works. […]

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Book review by Prof. Paul Rutayisire

This book is both interesting and enlightening. It tackles one of the consequences of the Genocide against the Tutsi that is misunderstood by many Rwandans: the internal or psychological wounds caused by the traumatic events experienced or witnessed during and after the genocide. Such trauma manifests itself in collective and individual life experience. The feelings […]

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Kevin Jenkins, World Vision, on ‘From Genocide to Generosity’

“We rarely fully explore the healing power of forgiveness in our day-to-day lives, so John Steward’s deeply personal, first-hand view of sacrificial forgiveness in the midst of the Rwandan genocide is unimaginable. The personal journeys of pain and reconciliation will break your heart and inspire you. This book, emerging from experience with World Vision staff […]

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