A Narrative of Love Research

In 2019/20, our researchers have been working on a project that explores diverse perspectives on the notion of love, with a view to develop a truly captivating and galvanising conception of Love that can invite a fundamental shift in human consciousness. Hence the project’s title: ‘A Narrative of Love’.

Led by David Cadman and Scherto Gill, this research is jointly funded by the American Dartington Solar Quest Trust and the GHFP. Other research partners include the Fetzer Institute, Pureland Foundation, the Harmony Institute at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and others.

In addition to exploring love in Eastern and Western philosophies, and in the teachings of Abrahamic religions, the research also touches upon love in mysticism. In particular, David has been looking at the relationship between the loss of Love and a disconnection with the Divine Feminine; what has happened to the mystical teachings of Jesus and the story of Mary Magdalene; and how the Church’s doctrine of redemption for our sins through crucifixion and resurrection has overwhelmed and dismissed the inner experience, expression and practice of Divine Love in our lives.

The research reports will be published in 2020. Please watch this space for more updates on the research.

Paid Internship in Brighton

Current Vacancies

Personal enquiries only please, no agencies

We are currently looking to recruit 2 part-time interns to support two of our activities: 

  1. doing a literature review on conceptions of dialogue;
  2. organising large public engagement events to celebrate the GHFP’s 25 years in building peace.

For the first post, experiences in social research are desirable, and a good understanding of dialogue theories is essential.

For the second post, experience of event organisation and promotion, especially through social media, would be an advantage.

These are paid positions based in our Brighton office. Please note that we require all interns to already hold a masters level qualification in a relevant subject area. 

To enquire, please contact alice@ghfp.org.

To apply, please send a short CV, a Covering Letter detailing your reasons for applying and suitability for the role, and a writing sample to: info@ghfp.org.   

International Seminar on Trustbuilding and Collective Healing, 30th October at IofC London

Hosted by IofCI’s Trustbuilding Program in partnership with the GHFP Research Institute, this international seminar offers a unique opportunity to meet, share and discuss the process of building trust.

At a time of increasing fragmentation, trust is diminishing around the world. Communities face racial, ethnic and religious divides, intergenerational conflict, and the rise of extremist attitudes, as well as social divisions and the legacy of war. The Seminar poses a critical question: “How can we address these challenges?”

Among the discussants will be Letlapa Mphahlele, commander of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army during apartheid times. His anger was such that he ordered retaliatory massacres of white civilians. After a radical transformation he now sees the whole of humanity as ‘my people’. Letlapa, who, until 2013, was President of the Pan Africanist Congress and a Member of the South African Parliament, is a protagonist in the award-winning film, Beyond Forgiving, which depicts a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.

This is by invitation-only event. For further information and interest to contribute, please contact events@ghfp.org.

International Symposium: Collective Healing of Traumas: New Possibilities for Peace in Communities 24 Sept 2019

Collective and community initiatives can empower those suffering from the wounds of a violent past to collaborate towards mutual healing, thus creating new possibilities for peace.

To better understand the significance of these community-rooted collective healing endeavours, the GHFP and the UNESCO Slave Route Project hosted a one-day International Symposium, at the Royal Society for the Arts in London.

The event brought together practitioners and scholars who have experiences and expertise in the field of communal and collective healing of mass traumas, for an intimate dialogue focused around three core questions:

  1. What are the typical psychological and social symptoms encountered in communities resulting from the experience and legacies of past atrocities?
  2. What might constitute collective healing in these situations? 
  3. How do community-based processes and practices contribute to collective healing? (And how would the community evaluate collective healing? What are the relevant indicators that some healing has taken place?)

Presentations included the Australia’s journey of healing through the Sorry Day marches, the Healing the Wounds of History programme in Lebanon, Foresee Research Group’s restorative healing approaches in Hungary, critical reflection on the structural conditions of healing from the perspectives of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation, the Initiatives of Change International’s Trustbuilding in the communities programme, and the Peace Charter of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.   

Read HERE Collective_Healing_Mass_Trauma_Concept_Note.

Please return soon for links to videos of presentations and other information following the event.