Virtus lectures

Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 7:30pm in the Newman Chapel at Ealing Abbey, Marchwood Crescent, W5 2DZ

“The Power of Narrative to Counter Prejudice and Hate”

speaker Marina Cantacuzino,

Marina Cantacuzino, founder of the Forgiveness Project

Marina Cantacuzino

founder of the Forgiveness Project

How can humanising narratives counter the rush towards intolerance and xenophobia? Marina Cantacuzino, a journalist and founder of the Forgiveness Project, will address ways of breaking the cycle of vengeance and retaliation and explain why she has come to believe that it is the stories we choose to tell today that will determine how we live our lives tomorrow.

The Forgiveness Project is a UK based charity working with stories as a tool for change. Collecting and sharing real stories of transformation and resilience, it seeks to foster tolerance, build empathy and give people the opportunity to break cycles of harm. Marina’s book, The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, brings together the testimonies of both survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence and asks whether forgiveness may have more currency than revenge in an age which seems locked into the cycle of conflict.

“Marina Cantacuzino’s work is a reminder that there is an antidote. These tales of forgiveness are the balm that can soothe our all too angry world.”

Dan Snow, historian and TV presenter

We are very grateful to Marina for coming to speak on this important topic.

Cost: £10 per person (concessions £5)

All proceeds to The Forgiveness Project                                                             

Location: Ealing Abbey, Marchwood Crescent W5 2DZ

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Virtus lectures

We want to link with collaborators and sponsors from different faiths and none in order to make the world a better place, beginning with ourselves. We want to consider and act together to promote reconciliation,  justice, truth and the needs of the world and the contributions that we can make together.

Fr Abbot Martin Shipperlee, several other monks of Ealing Abbey and Christian Kendall-Daw began to work together in Spring 2015. In Summer 2015 they began to consider how the monastic community might respond to the call of Pope Francis during the Year for Consecrated Life to reach out in faith and hope. They decided to “reach out to the peripheries of society” in order to make contact with people who are very different from the monks in so many ways.

We too want to practice the monastic values of trust, hope, industry, fidelity, competence and love

Virtus lectures

This concept was based on promoting our human strengths, (Virtus in Latin). These human strengths, according to the psychologist Erik Erikson are trust, hope, industry, competence, fidelity (overcoming obstacles) and love.

After the successful launch of the Virtus lectures in October 2015, we have been working to develop a core team, working with Fr Abbot and the entire monastic community.

Virtus lectures: trust, hope, industry, fidelity, competence and love

Virtus lectures: trust, hope, industry, fidelity, competence and love

We are looking for sponsors and collaborators from different faiths and none. Since Autumn 2016 Graham Prince has been working with the monks to develop Virtus lectures. We want to consider and act together to promote reconciliation,  justice, truth and the needs of the world and the contributions that we can make.

contact: info AT benedictine-institute DOT org

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