Agenda for Reconciliation (AfR) grew out of a series of international IofC conferences in the 1990s and early 2000s, which gathered peace-makers from across the world. It is coordinated at a weekly meeting at the London centre of Initiatives of Change, where people engaged in peace-making initiatives check-in, exchange information, plans and ideas. Ideas are then often incubated into projects in smaller working-groups, drawing on skills within the group or IofC generally.
In every continent, nation and community there are ethnic, religious, or class fault-lines, which, under stress, can threaten their stability. People are needed who can reach across these fault-lines - whether to prevent conflict or after conflict - to secure the peace. Such people need support: information about peacemaking processes in other situations, and expertise of different kinds to complement their own gifts, and spiritual and financial resources.
Since early in the history of Initiatives of Change, changes of heart and motive in individuals have led to the repair of broken relationships at many levels. Frank Buchman’s work for reconciliation in Europe and East Asia after the Second World War was later recognised by a number of governments. His starting point was that it would come about as people addressed the causes of war in their own hearts - hate, fear and greed. He and his colleagues developed extensive programmes to create dialogue between the political, industrial and trade union leadership of the key countries involved, and to use all available media to create an environment favourable to reconciliation. The lessons from that and subsequent peace-making experiences in other parts of the world continue to inform our work today. We recognise that this aspect of peace-making has to go hand-in-hand with intensive development in the political, economic and legal fields. AfR benefits from being part of a worldwide network of IofC peace-making initiatives.