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The Imam & the Pastor News

11 February, 2018
Imam Oumar Gomi and Pastor Nicolas Guerekoyame Gbangou

A ceremony to mark the launch of Initiatives of Change's film The Imam and the Pastor in Sängö, the national language of the Central African Republic (CAR), took place on 13th January 2018.

18 December, 2017
Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa, Dr Alan Channer and Pastor Dr James Wuye at the UNAOC/BMW 2017 'Intercultural Award Ceremony' in New York

Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, were among five recipients of this year’s prestigious 2017 ‘Intercultural Innovation Award’, conferred by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW. The award ceremony took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29th November.

23 November, 2017
 Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa, Dr Alan Channer and Pastor Dr James Wuye (from left to right) at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security in 2012

Pastor Dr James Wuye and Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa are finalists for the Intercultural Innovation Award, conferred by a unique partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and BMW. The Award Ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29th November. It is 'a celebration of the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue around the world'.

31 October, 2016
Dr Mukthar Ogle, Senior Advisor on Strategic Initiatives for Arid and Semi-arid Lands, Executive Office of the President of Kenya (photo:Leela Channer)

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.

28 July, 2016
Workshop participant Aysha Dafalla reads a Peace Declaration from an open-air truck at the scene of the bomb blast in Eastleigh. Also present, from left to right, Pastor James Wuye, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, District Commissioner Omar Beja and District Commisioner George Natembeya.

'We assume from afar and you can kill someone based on assumption. We have learned a bitter lesson.' This line from 'The Imam and the Pastor' film leads the report of a conference on 'International Intervention: the Future?', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, Surrey University, on 18 and 19 July.

17 December, 2015
T shirts at Interfaith Week in London

On 19 November over 40 people gathered in St George’s Square in Central London to celebrate Interfaith week (15 – 21 November 2015). The focus of the event was on sharing knowledge of different religious traditions. There was an opportunity for a leader from each faith to share an exposition of forgiveness and patience. Speakers included Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, Dr Alhagi Drammeh and Reverend Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy. Howard Grace introduced Initiatives of Change’s award winning film 'Beyond Forgiving'.

22 October, 2015
BELIEF - Oprah Winfrey's programe

Oprah Winfrey's landmark series 'Belief' has been broadcast in the United States. The second episode, 'Love's Story', concluded with an eight minute segment on Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa - who 'come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.

17 August, 2015

The second episode of 'Belief,' to be aired by OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) on 19 October, features a segment on Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. Entitled, 'Love's story', it takes the viewer on 'a journey around the world in search of what it means to love one another'. The episode ends with the story of 'two leaders in Nigeria who... come together to reconcile and to honor one of the most sacred teachings at the heart of both their faiths: love your enemies'.