On 9th May 2018 the Ebor Lecture was delivered by Marina Cantacuzino at York St John University. Her title was "Where Love and Justice Finally Meet: The Place for Forgiveness in Mending Broken Relationships".
Amid a global rush towards hate, division and insularity, Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project, examined how forgiveness and humanising narratives can help break cycles of violence, transform relationships and restore hope. Marina is a journalist who founded The Forgiveness Project in 2004. The project was set up to tell the real stories of people whose response to being harmed was not a call for revenge but rather a quest for restoration and healing.
The Ebor Lecture series is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York Minster, York St John University, the British Province of Carmelites, The Yorkshire North and East District of the Methodist Church, and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust. The Ebor Lectures - now in their 12th series - aim to promote a conversation between theology and public issues, and to contribute to the creation of personal and collective decision-making in economic, political and social spheres. Speakers range from leaders in their fields to those with an important story to tell. The lectures provide people with an opportunity to engage with current issues such as politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion, spirituality, and globalisation. The Ebor Lectures offer a space for dialogue between theology and a range of communities such as educational institutions, public interest groups, religious groups and anyone with an interest in contemporary issues within society.
The theme for the Ebor Lectures in 2018 is "Peace and Reconciliation". The year 2018 marks the centenary of the ending of World War I. Communities and individuals across the world will be involved in commemorating and remembering those who fought, survived or died in this war. As part of this commemoration our 2018 series of the Ebor lectures, ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ offers a range of speakers who will talk about various themes, issues and examples, both past and present, concerned with building peace and promoting reconciliation in a variety of contexts. It is hoped that this series will provide a further understanding of how the healing of communities and progress along the peace-building road can be achieved. As Mahatma Gandhi said in his teaching on peace: ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’