Naga saga: the extraordinary story of Visier Sanyü

Visier and Pari Sanyü

Like millions of refugees around the world, Visier Sanyü knows what it is like to flee from violent conflict. He is an elder of the Meyasetsu clan of the Angami tribe from Khonoma, the village that was at the heart of armed resistance to foreign occupation in Nagaland. The mountainous state of two million people lies between Assam to the West and Burma/Myanmar to the East.

Beyond ‘them and us’ - towards a common humanity

Building a common humanity needs the bricks and mortar of integration. If we are committed to walk the talk towards a common humanity, we should personally take the initiative to reach out to the people who are different from us. People who, loosely speaking, come from other groups. We should listen with empathy why people hold sacred things we view as ordinary, and treat as ordinary things we glorify.

Hard Times

Ken Noble

Kenneth Noble, Secretary of IofC-UK, asks where hope can be found at a time when so many things are going badly wrong.

Beyond Forgiving and spiritual reasoning with The London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre

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'.

Refugees as Rebuilders

UK resident Hassan Hassan giving leadership training in Mogadishu

As Europeans oscillate between fear and compassion at the sight of the masses of refugees entering Europe, one thought which probably hasn’t occurred to many, is that among these people are potential rebuilders of their war-torn countries.

A conversation about forgiveness

Marina Cantacuzino and Imad Karam

Join Marina Cantacuzino and Dr Imad Karam for a conversation about forgiveness - courageous, challenging and engaging questions and reflection on forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and peace in today’s world.

7/7 survivor relives escape from bombed train

Jacqui Daukes

Ten years on from the 7/7 bombings, one of the survivors remembers those who helped her and the people who lost their lives in the atrocity. Jacqui Daukes was on the Piccadilly Line tube train which was blown up between King's Cross and Russell Square. Twenty-six people on her train were killed.

Sorry: A word that may pave the way for forgiveness and healing

David Vincent

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, marks its fourth annversary of independence on 9 July while struggling to end a conflict which has cost thousands of lives and displaced millions of its citizens. David Nyuol Vincent, one of South Sudan's 'Lost Boys' who has become an ambassador for peace in the midst of this ongoing conflict, reflects on one step in response to the crisis.

Social Unconditioning

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.

CHANGEMAKERS

Changemakers issue 3 July 2016

We are pleased to announce the second issue of Changemakers, our new magazine dedicated to sharing stories both of personal change and of tackling global issues.

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