A Campaign for Forgiveness
Research supports scientific studies that can deepen our understanding
of forgiveness and begin the process of building many different
roads to reconciliation. The John Templeton Foundation and other
donors have contributed 7 million dollars in support of A Campaign
for Forgiveness Research to fund these studies.
A Campaign for Forgiveness Research,
in cooperation with an initial research initiative by the John Templeton
Foundation, has funded 46 research projects. Some projects generated
multiple published papers. We have insisted that authors publish in scientifically
reviewed and respected sources, rather than compile an internal publication.
These scientifically-refereed studies investigated the number of ways
forgiveness and reconciliation take place. We are learning about the powerful
benefits to individuals, families and nations when they construct and follow
roads to reconciliation. Particular research studies give us insight into the
biology of forgiveness in humans and how forgiveness operates among chimpanzee
and baboon groups.
We turn for inspiration
and hope to those who have deeply invested their lives and their
work to understanding and promulgating forgiveness. Leaders of A
Campaign for Forgiveness Research include Co-chairs Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Robert Coles, community
activist Ruby Bridges Hall and campaign endorser former United States
President Jimmy Carter.
While we face the stark
challenges of destruction, genocide, racial discrimination, substance
abuse, domestic violence, physical illness and mental illness, there
can be no better time for this Campaign for Forgiveness Research
toward understanding the ways individuals and nations build roads