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14 April, 2014

Terry Waite CBE to chair the debate on forgiveness and reconciliation with Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele at Royal Geographical Society, London


Terry Waite will chair the London public screening of Beyond Forgiving on 27 May 2014 at the Royal Geographical Society. 

Terry Waite, having travelled to Beirut in 1987 to negotiate the release of Western hostages, was himself held captive for nearly five years, returning to Lebanon 25 years later to offer forgiveness and reconciliation to his captors.

The London public screening will mark the official celebration of the Beyond Forgiving UK tour (18-30 May). The London event will be an opportunity for the general public, London schools, students, community workers, religious leaders and the London South African community to ask questions directly to Ginn and Letlapa about their experience of forgiveness and conflict in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Register for the London Screening  chaired by Terry Waite CBE

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 27 May :  6.30 for 7.00pm

Venue:  Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London

Chaired by:  Terry Waite CBE

Hosted by: Initiatives of Change, The Forgiveness Project, The Wilderness Foundation


About Terry Waite

Terry Waite is a humanitarian and author who previously worked as a hostage negotiator in the 1980s. He was Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie's Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs in the 1980s. As an envoy for the Church of England, he travelled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages including journalist John McCarthy. On 20 January 1987, he was taken hostage. Waite remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which were spent in total solitary confinement, and it was not until 18 November 1991 that he was released. Waite is also president of the charity, Y Care International (the YMCA's international development and relief agency), and patron of AbleChildAfrica and Habitat for Humanity Great Britain. He is also president of Emmaus UK, a charity for formerly homeless people.

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