Human Journey is an initiative co-founded by Desmond Tutu and Doug Abrams with help from their friends and hopefully from other participants around the globe. Human Journey is committed to spreading the African understanding of ubuntu–the realization that each of us thrives only when all of us thrive. The organization reminds everyone that all people are inextricably linked to family, the larger community, and the world.
Their goal is to create events–like the Forgiveness Challenge–that can help people to thrive on their individual life journey so all people can thrive on our collective human journey. The Forgiveness Challenge reminds participants that when each of us makes this decision to choose forgiveness instead of choosing to retaliate or to simply hold onto our anger, we can change our lives. But when more people make this choice, we can have a much greater impact on our communities, our countries and our world.
The resources on the Forgiveness Challenge website will help participants discover how the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life. According to Desmond Tutu, when enough of us forgive, we can change the world.
In The Book of Forgiving, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho, explain the four-step process of forgiveness—Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt, Granting Forgiveness, and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship—as well as offer meditations, exercises, and prayers to guide the reader along the way. The perfect companion for your forgiveness journey, The Book of Forgiving lays out the simple but profound truths about the significance of forgiveness and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves. Desmond and the Very Mean Word, the award-winning book by Desmond Tutu on forgiveness, is available for readers ages 6-10.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was appointed as chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1994, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression. In 2013 he was awarded the Templeton Prize. The Reverend Mpho Tutu is currently the Executive Director of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She is pursuing a doctorate on the subject of forgiveness from Vrije University, Amsterdam.