Why Agenda for Reconciliation?
have stubborn roots in recent or ancient history. Unless the past
is addressed, there can be little progress for the millions who
live in regions currently passing through crisis. Durable peace
depends on genuine processes of healing the past. Reconciliation
is only possible where there is trust. When people have been at
war or have suffered at the hands of others, building trust takes
courage and is often painful. It involves a process of acknowledging
past wrongs, and expressions of apology leading, when possible,
to explicit acts of both restitution and forgiveness.
This process can only be sustained if those involved are committed
to creating just structures, laws and economic conditions. Without
trust and a commitment to justice, peace agreements are all too
often fragile truces, which lead to greater despair.
Healing the past must become the realpolitik of the twenty-first
Agenda for Reconciliation seeks to create
an environment where individuals can find liberation from hatred,
greed and indifference. Experience shows that people who have
found this spiritual freedom bring a particular dynamism to the
process of peacemaking and social change.
Agenda for Reconciliation supports individuals and groups
involved in peacemaking through meetings, exchanges and other
links. These enable people to confer and to benefit from the experience
and encouragement of others. Drama, videos and publications are
also often used.
arranged by Agenda for Reconciliation promote bridge building
at all levels of ruptured societies, from the family to the nation.
for Reconciliation welcomes the chance to co-operate
with others who have similar objectives
* Agenda for Reconciliation
has experienced that healing which starts in
individuals and small communities can ripple out far beyond those