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

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.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015
In the late 1950s Peter Sisam gave technical and logistical support in making the first all-African colour feature film, Freedom

Stills photographer who worked on the production of pioneering feature and documentary films, particularly on behalf of the Moral Re-Armament movement (MRA).

Monday, 10 November, 2014
Cathy Graham, Duchess of Montrose

Tireless supporter of good causes who was devoted to her work at Govan charity. This obituary was published in the Scotsman on 6 November, 2014.

Monday, 29 September, 2014
Vijay Narain Seth (Vins)

Cartoonist whose humane and gently satirical work illuminated the foibles and idiosyncrasies of Indian life

Friday, 05 September, 2014
Bill Carey (Photo: David Hassell)

Fluent Russian speaker, translator, college lecturer and Anglican Lay Reader.

Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
William Peters

William Peters, diplomat, and co-founder, Jubilee 2000 debt remission campaign.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014
John Rainbow

John Rainbow managed the central finances of the Oxford Group, the Christian charity that campaigned under the name of Moral Re-Armament (MRA, now Initiatives of Change) for five decades.

Monday, 09 December, 2013
David Phillimore

Cattle farmer, shepherd, beekeeper, carpenter, wartime pilot