Monday, 22 June, 2015
Rob Corcoran

Across the globe humanity is on the move on a vast scale, driven by war, terrorism and religious persecution as well as the desire for a better life. A UN report released this week puts the figure of displaced people at 60 million. The total number of migrants reached 232 million in 2013. This number will surely escalate and most governments seem unwilling to come to terms with this reality.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015
Howard Grace

Howard Grace is one of the founders of the West Berkshire Peace and Integration Forum. Recognising that we are all socially conditioned, 60 people from the Muslim, Evangelical Christian, Quaker, and non-religious communities met together to compare experiences. This article by Howard, arising from this meeting, appeared in the UK Progressive Christianity Network national magazine Progressive Voices in June 2015.

Friday, 29 May, 2015
Roddy Evans

Dr Roddy Evans reflects on the recent visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

The German President, Joachim Gauck and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, both struck appropriate notes at a moving memorial service in Dresden on 13 February marking the 70th anniversary of the devastating World War II Allied bombing of that historic German city.

Tuesday, 03 February, 2015
Conrad Hunte

When thinking of the seemingly increasing turmoil in the world today, when what divides people seems to be more important than what unites us, a talk that the late Conrad Hunte gave at the IofC international centre at Caux, Switzerland, 20 August 1994 came to mind. He was a descendent of slaves, grew up in poverty, yet became one of the world’s most famous cricketers. He was Vice-Captain of the team that beat England in 1963. He used to say ‘You taught us how to play, we taught you how to win!’ In 1967, he took early retirement to devote himself to building relations between the newly arrived immigrants and the host community in Britain, because he could see the danger of conflict spiraling out of control.

Friday, 16 January, 2015
Ajmal Masroor

The attack on the Paris based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has left 12 people dead and the trail of destruction that has been left behind is colossal. The repercussion of their brutal and terrorist attack will reverberate in the hearts of people for decades. This is a despicable act of cowardice and grotesque attack on all our freedom.

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015
John Munro

Do we have freedom to offend? To belittle, to mock, to insult? Yes, we do, here in Britain, but we must accept the possible consequences of our actions. That’s what’s happened in Paris.

Monday, 12 January, 2015
Barbara Down

Like so many of us, I have been horrified by the recent events that have unfolded in France last week', writes Barbara Down. 'Nearly every day we see on our TV screens violent conflict around the rest of the world, but it has now become more evident as a reality here in Europe too. I fear for our future, wondering where we have gone wrong, that has resulted in people who were born and grew up here hating the system and presumably 'us' so much that they are willing to kill and even die for their cause.'

Friday, 28 November, 2014
Mohan Bhagwandas

As Europe marks 100 years since WWI and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is a time to look back and look ahead. Speaking at the Council of Europe and European Parliament in Strasbourg, on a whistle stopping short trip on 25 November 2014, Pope Francis stuck a note of reality and hope to a 'lonely' and 'self-absorbed' Europe to 'recover its soul. Mohan Bhagwandas, who serves on the International Council of Initiatives of Change International, asks whether Initiatives of Change can facilitate a new conversation for Europe.

Friday, 10 October, 2014
Talia Smith

Talia Smith recently returned to South Africa, her country of birth, with Initiatives of Change to attend the ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility’ conference and to support IofC South Africa to engage with youth. Talia describes her rich experience, perceptions and hopes for the country and gives a small insight into her South African adventure.

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