The “Healing the Wounds of Slavery” programme is the fruit of a collaboration amongst several significant partners, including the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project, GHFP Research Institute, and Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. As the programme develops, more partners will support this important initiative of our time.
Launched in 1994, the UNESCO Slave Route Project pursues objectives including contributing to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world, highlighting the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history, and encouraging a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of identities and citizenship.
The Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace was founded nearly 30 years ago with the mission of nurturing the qualities necessary for peace and harmony in the world. It operates as a research institute, investigating areas of concern key to the advancement of our mission. The Foundation’s main areas of engagement include advancing positive peace and cultivating peaceful relationships globally; promoting deep dialogue, transforming conflicts in divided communities and healing the wounds of past violence; introducing holistic human well-being and supporting the development of dialogic governance that is humanising and well-being sensitive, and encouraging human-centred education in schools.
The Global Humanity for Peace (GHfP) Institute was jointly launched by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation. It is located in the UWTSD’s Lampeter Campus, supported by global partners. The GHfP Institute carries forward a number of major international research programmes previously developed at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace and is embedded in an excellent research and teaching environment and learning community of the UWTSD. The Institute seeks to engage in cutting-edge research aimed at new understanding, innovation, policy change, and social transformation. It will offer masters and doctoral courses and professional programmes in collective healing, public health and well-being, social justice, deep dialogue, positive peace, human-centred education, and community regeneration.
The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs seeks a more just and peaceful world by deepening knowledge and solving problems at the intersection of religion and global affairs through research, teaching, and engaging multiple publics. Two premises guide the center’s work: that a comprehensive examination of religion and norms is critical to address complex global challenges, and that the open engagement of religious and cultural traditions with one another can promote peace. To this end, the center engages students, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in analysis of and dialogue on critical issues in order to increase the public understanding of religion.
The Fetzer Institute is dedicated to helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. The Institute does this by funding innovators and organizations that research spirituality, engage in individual and societal spiritual transformation, and build the spiritual infrastructure for the future, especially in service of our current program areas of Democracy, Education, Faith & Spirituality, and Organizational Culture. It believes in the power of ideas and convenes leaders to explore, discover, sharpen, and publish on spiritual transformation. The Institute collaborate with allies who recognise shared values within philanthropy to achieve greater impact.