IofC emphasizes an honest look at one’s own motives and behaviour, dialogue across differences, and focused action, enabling healing, trust and partnership. Recognizing that it will take more than human reason and ability to solve the problems of the world, IofC places the search for inner wisdom at the heart of our actions. Many understand this experience as guidance from God, others as the leading of conscience or the inner voice. The regular practice of silence and ‘quiet time’ can give access to a source of truth, renewal, inspiration and empowerment.
We encourage everyone to draw energy, courage and inspiration from the resources of their religious, spiritual and philosophical traditions and to live out the change they want to see. In IofC the values of absolute honesty, unselfishness, love and purity of heart and action serve as practical tests for motives and daily living.
IofC’s programmes and initiatives build on this basic approach as a foundation for specific actions to address world needs.
‘To my mind a promising intercultural dialogue is where the participants are willing to look at the conflict or dispute or disagreement from the point of view of the opposite side. …
Do I use the time when the opposite side is talking to polish my next arrow, or do I really listen? Am I open to the element of truth in what the opposite side says?’
Prof Rajmohan Gandhi
Biographer of his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi; President, IofC International, 2009-2010
‘We can move forward together, if we believe that it is possible to build trust between people of different religious traditions, to build trust between people of different cultures, races, ethnic, national and educational backgrounds. If we believe in the inspiration of the All-Powerful. We must change ourselves if we are to change the world. Then we can discover that the other whom we see as so different is actually not so different. That this other also longs to live in a world that is more human and shows greater solidarity.’
Dr Cornelio Sommaruga
President, International Committee of the Red Cross, 1987-1999; President, IofC International, 2002-2006