We believe that Rwanda has a calling to teach the world about forgiveness, and we have therefore developed an extensive network of partnerships, relationships and connections with people all over the world who are living, working and ministering in post-conflict situations. ISOR encompasses our forums, conferences and other collaborations with our friends around the world, as well as our annual International School of Reconciliation.
Our International School takes place every year, and usually runs for 22 days. Leaders and representatives from all over the world are invited to come together and take part in a three-stage programme:
So far, 18 countries have been represented at ISOR, as far afield as Afghanistan, Nepal and Myanmar. It is greatly encouraging and enriching to share experiences, learn from each other, support and equip each other to promote peace and reconciliation. ISOR combines HWEC workshops and structured teaching with visits to memorials, work with victims and perpetrators, and practical outreach.
We have also worked with artists to develop a ‘Reconciliation Lighthouse’ to guide people on a visual and reflective journey of healing. The artists have participated in a HWEC workshop and then expressed their reflections through art, to create various different ‘stations’. As visitors make their way around the path, the artwork helps them to acknowledge, express and interpret their experiences of woundedness, healing and reconciliation. Inspiration for the various pieces of work include celebrating diversity, recognising prejudice, wounded hearts, and the power of the cross for healing.