Episode 18: Could you forgive the man who killed your father? with Jo Berry

What would you do if you came face to face with somebody who had killed a family member? What happens when we are able to see the humanity of those we normally ‘other’?

JoBerryJo Berry lost her father in 1984, after he was killed by a bomb planted by he IRA at the Grand Brighton Hotel. The man who planted the bomb, Patrick Magee, was released from prison in 1999 – and Jo decided to meet him. What happened next is not what you might expect… since their first meeting, Jo and Patrick have toured the world to promote peace and understanding. Read more about Jo’s story here.

In this powerful episode of The Way We Connect, we discuss this most unlikely of connections, the difficulty of working with our emotions of grief, anger and pain, the importance of breaking the cycle of revenge, and our visions of a more peaceful world.

Listen here: http://thewayweconnect.buzzsprout.com/160260/1690837-could-you-forgive-the-man-who-killed-your-father-with-jo-berry

Resources: 

Building Bridges for Peace (Jo’s organisation) http://www.buildingbridgesforpeace.org/

The Forgiveness Project – Jo Berry & Patrick Magee https://www.theforgivenessproject.com/jo-berry-patrick-magee

Jo’s TED Talk “Disarming with Empathy” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coljnvVH18o

 

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