The mission of the Truth and Reconciliation Summit is to spark a national conversation around the intrinsic power found in sharing our stories to heal our pain. To discover the humanity in ourselves and others and unearth forgiveness - one community at a time.
The first Truth and Reconciliation Summit of 2019 will take place on Monday, January 21st, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day holiday—a day that celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America—and will be hosted in Chicago’s North Lawndale community.
The Truth and Reconciliation Summit is inspired by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mission to bring healing and resilience to the people of South Africa after the devastation of apartheid. Centered around the four pillars of forgiveness outlined in Bishop Desmond Tutu’s “The Book of Forgiving - The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World”, speakers and panelists will engage participants in reflection on the truths surrounding the tragedies of gun violence, and its impact on survivors, families, communities, and perpetrators. Our intention is to end the cycle of violence in our city.
The summit is a day-long event designed to reweave the social fabric within various Chicago communities in an effort to move the city forward by healing its past.
Through the practice of forgiveness, we hope to give rise to both healing and reconciliation with survivors, perpetrators, and community leaders, in an environment that develops a sense of connectedness.
Join the Center in bringing this catalyst for change to communities throughout the Chicago land area—at no cost to attendees—by making a contribution today.