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. Some have forgiven those who've harmed them, others are grappling with forgiving themselves. Not everyone is able to forgive. Not everyone has made complete peace with their past.
Ray Minniecon on the power of apology and why ideas around healing and forgiveness can be problematic for Aboriginal people
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Pastor Ray Minniecon about the history of the Stolen Generations and the continuing pain of Aboriginals in Australia. Ray describes his own childhood on the reserves, his research into the dehumanisation of Aboriginals, and how he continues to help his people share their story, as well come to terms with acts of racism in his own life.
Mary Foley on faith, forgiveness, and how writing to her daughter’s killer brought her peace of mind
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Mary Foley about the impact that losing her teenage daughter to knife-crime had on her family, and how forgiving the young woman responsible relieved her of a burden she didn’t want to carry.
Pardeep Kaleka on finding forgiveness after his father was killed in one of America’s deadliest race-based hate crimes
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Pardeep Kaleka about how in the wake of his father’s murder in a Sikh temple in Winsconsin he found compassion and became a powerful voice against hate crime and violence. Pardeep now works to promote understanding and compassion with his friend Arno Michaelis who is also a guest on The F Word Podcast.
Arno Michaelis on rejecting his racist past, and the role of unconditional forgiveness in creating a life after hate
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Arno Michaelis about his time spent in the white power movement and how he transformed his life to become an advocate against hatred and racism. Arno now works to promote understanding and compassion with his friend Pardeep Kaleka who is also a guest on The F Word Podcast. Having both experienced extreme racism, albeit from very different ends of the spectrum, together they co-founded the organization Serve2Unite and co-authored the book, Gift Of Our Wounds.
Jo Berry and Pat Magee on finding healing through understanding in the aftermath of the Brighton bomb
Marina Cantacuzino talks Jo Berry and Pat Magee about the benefits and complexities of a relationship developed over 20 years. Despite the fact that Pat killed Jo’s father, their story has become a very public conversation and a profound example of reconciliation. Jo is an international speaker, educationist and peace activist. Pat Magee is a former member of the IRA who has recently published a memoir, Where Grieving Begins.
Gill Hicks on the healing power of the arts and how seeking to understand has aided her recovery
Marina Cantacuzino talks to author, musician and artist Gill Hicks who narrowly escaped death when she was horrifically and permanently disabled during the terrorist attacks in London in the summer of 2005. She has devoted much of her time since then to deterring anyone from following a path of violent extremism.
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.