How do we cope with the worst things that have ever happened to us, and the most terrible things we have ever done? Reporting back from the edges of human experience, The F Word Podcast grapples with the thorny topic of forgiveness by talking to people who have transformed hate into hope.
Figen Murray on how forgiving her son’s killer has preserved her humanity
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Figen Murray about what forgiveness means in the context of losing a child in a terrorist attack. In May 2017 her son, Martyn Hett, was killed at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester when a radical Islamist detonated a homemade bomb. Since then Figen has become an active campaigner and activist in counter-terrorism.
Michael Lapsley on racism, apartheid and when forgiveness requires repentance
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest, social justice activist and founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town. In 1990 at the height of the apartheid repression, Fr Michael received a letter bomb in the post in which he lost both his hands and one eye. He has been on a healing journey ever since.
Azim Khamisa on grieving, his spiritual practice and the importance of asking for forgiveness
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Azim Khamisa who founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation after his only son, Tariq, was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego in 1995. Tariq’s killer, Tony Hicks, was 14-years-old at the time and has only recently been released from prison. Azim has spent the past 25 years talking about forgiveness and tirelessly working to prevent youth violence in America.
Letlapa Mphahlele on prejudice, apartheid and the burden of being forgiven
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Letlapa Mphahlele about his role in the struggle against apartheid and how he came to meet the mother of one of his victims. Ginn Fourie's daughter was killed in 1993 at a massacre in a Cape Town bar. Nine years later she met Letlapa, the former Director of Operations for the Azanian People's Liberation Army, who had ordered the attack.
Kia Scherr on traumatic loss and grief as a spiritual practice
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Kia Scherr whose husband and 13-year-old daughter were both victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Kia is the co-founder of One Life Alliance, a charity she set up as a response to the attacks.
Paul Kohler on how a brutal attack in his own home changed the course of his life
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Paul Kohler whose story hit the headlines in 2014 when four men broke into his London home leaving him with severe facial injuries. His wife and daughter were also in the house at the time of the attack and later all three met one of the offenders through restorative justice to try and have their questions answered.
Azim Khamisa - wow!
Another fantastic conversation. Really deep and so many take aways. Thank you Marina and TFP team for these excellent episodes. So brilliantly put together. So much food for thought!
The F Word
This is an outstanding podcast series. Profoundly human, courageous, and hopeful. Each story is compelling and unique. But the story tellers share a kind of grace and dignity, each explaining how coming to forgiveness, including of oneself, heals deep wounds. Moving, inspiring and full of lessons for us all.
Conversations I never thought I’d hear
Having been to a few lectures and events organised by The Forgiveness Project was expecting to be challenged and inspired by the new F word podcasts. TFP founder Marina Cantacuzino does what many interviewers seem to have forgotten how to do. She lets her guests speak, while keeping herself out of the way. I admire Marina’s ability to ask potentially difficult questions in a natural manner. These conversations are very special.