These obituaries, recorded here under Lives Remembered, are of those who have pioneered, or were associated with, the international work of Initiatives of Change, formerly known as MRA (Moral Re-Armament). These obituaries act, like a photo album, as a social history of a global movement which has laid claim to have changed the course of history in an extraordinary range of endeavours—politics and diplomacy, business and industry, theatre and the arts, sports and the media, race and community relations, education and healthcare, development and international affairs.

Given the history of MRA, the majority of these obituaries are of people of Christian faith, though Initiatives of Change now often acts as a bridge between the faiths and includes people of many faith traditions. As this compilation grows, it will more accurately reflect this trend.

Most of the lives remembered here have been deemed worthy of public record and published in national newspapers as they have played an important contribution to public life.

Michael Smith
Honorary member, International Association of Obituarists

Monday, 18 June, 2018

Richard Hawthorne was a Nottingham businessman who became an unlikely champion of community relations. He was joint chairman of Hawthornes printers, a company that emerged out of a small printing works and stationery shops in the city owned by his father. This obituary was first published in the online edition of The Guardian, 17 May 2018.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018

Film distributor who played bagpipes on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Monday, 04 December, 2017

Secretary of the Oxford Group and Westminster Theatre trusts, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, and much loved mentor in IofC's London centre.

Thursday, 22 June, 2017
Frances Colquhoun

Artist, gardener, actress and campaigner. This article first appeared in The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 21 June, 2017.

Monday, 22 May, 2017
Guests to Peter Hannon’s homes, whether in Coleraine or Cape Town, could never be sure who they might meet

Bridge builder between antagonists – both in his native Northern Ireland and in South Africa.

Thursday, 06 April, 2017
Ivan Poulton

'He sought to understand the attitudes of Irish Catholics and of Protestants like myself. His visits to Ireland included a retreat for Irish and English people at a monastery in County Tipperary in May 1998, at the time of the referendum that approved the Good Friday Agreement.'

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016
Hugh Williams

A playwright whose work was performed for President Jomo Kenyatta and Emperor Haile Selassie, Williams wrote on the subject of reconciliation, and inspired the African conservationists that surrounded him to reconcile and reunite the relationship between animals and people.

Wednesday, 16 September, 2015
Kojo at gravestone of Svedstrups

Lawyer and authority on the slave trade who made an epic trek across the Sahara in search of his Danish roots

Friday, 25 September, 2015
John Burrell

Church minister who had been involved in the peaceful transfer of power to black majority rule in Zimbabwe.

Friday, 19 June, 2015
Louis Fleming

Louis Fleming played a leading role in building arts centres, theatres and concert halls in the UK, mainland Europe and the US.