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.

Shared sorrow in Dresden

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.

Healing the Wounds of History by Conrad Hunte

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.

South Africa: returning to my second home ... with IofC

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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