High emotion was encouraged by a provocative F-Word exhibition held at a Lower Earley church, writes Taz Usher.
The four-day Forgiveness Project Exhibition, showcasing moving stories of forgiveness, took place at Lower Earley Baptist Church from Wednesday to Saturday last week.
The Revd Keith Wilson, minister ofthe Maiden Place church, said: “The exhibition fitted in well with the week’s Easter theme and at a time when tension and differences in opinion are present in the world.”
The F Word exhibition is part of a worldwide initiative that explores the role of forgiveness as a healing process. Among the narratives and images on display were challenging accounts from those working through atrocity and the loss of loved ones.
To launch the event, the church welcomed Gillian Dare OBE. The trustee of Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East shared a thought-provoking speech called Voices of Iraq.
Mr Wilson felt that the exhibition had had an effect on its visitors.
“We could sense that the stories were difficult for attendees,” he said.
“The exhibition carried a different approach to our usual addresses and we hope that visitors left the exhibition with the intention of creating more space for forgiveness in their own lives.”
He added: “The exhibition was a huge success which we are privileged to have hosted.”