Last week an international forum in Lebanon brought together political and religious leaders, academics and diplomats to explore how the country can become ‘a space for dialogue among civilisations and cultures’. Held at Notre Dame University (NDU) in Beirut, it was hosted by the University and the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative (LDI) in partnership with Initiatives of Change.
Early in 2016, Harry Månsus, an author and Baptist pastor, initiated an idea to arrange a weekend event in Stockholm to profile the work of IofC. After a visit to Caux, IofC’s world conference centre in Switzerland, Månsus and his wife Lea concluded that the impact of IofC on the life of Scandinavia was underrated and he wanted to profile IofC in a new light.
Rev Dr Sam Kobia and Dr Muktar Ogle are Senior Advisors in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya. They spoke together about their trust-building work at a conference entitled 'From radicalisation to reconciliation' in Nairobi on 28 October.
In the first week of September, the ‘Initiatives of Change for Life’ team visited Tura in the Indian state of Meghalaya. Stephania Menezes has sent this report of their interactions with the surrendered militants and the front line officers.
The first two Creators of Peace Circles in Sri Lanka took place in the Northern Province in the first two weeks of September 2016. The ground for these Circles was prepared by two Sri Lankans, Shashika and Wimarshana, who have been trained over the past two years in India through working with the programme IfL (Initiatives of Change for Life). They returned to Sri Lanka in July to work for the healing and reconciliation of their war–affected country.
Following the two days Tools for Change training session in Timor Leste, the participants attended two separate programmes - Creators of Peace for 13 women and Initiators of Peace for 11 men. Here is a report of the Creators of Peace workshop.
Following the two days Tools for Change training session in Timor Leste, the participants attended two separate programmes. Dr Robert Chen, Haridas and Patrick Santa Maria took on the challenging task of conducting the Creators of Peace session for men - one of the first times that such a programme was conducted for men!
"I believe that young women who are going through dark days of neglect and depression can overcome their problems if they see past the pain and understand that how you feel about yourself is what you allow yourself to feel." Reflections on Living Peace by Alisi Waqainabete from Fiji
"If real peace was to become alive and active in my life, I needed peace to somehow become part of my daily routine. That meant discipline and being truthful to my decision – even through uninspired periods and periods of no visible results." Reflections on Living Peace by Ragnhild H. Østmo from Norway