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, 19 December, 2011
Janet Mace

Born in Poole, Dorset, a life of faith and prayer in India, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Britain.

Friday, 17 July, 2009
Dell Williams

Magazine and theatre publicity designer

Tuesday, 20 December, 2011
Betty Gray

School teacher, author and playwright

Thursday, 23 October, 2008
Melville Carson, taken on his wedding day

Stalag Luft III prison camp survivor who forgave the Germans

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Doe Howard

Wimbledon tennis champion Doë Howard remembered in The Times

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Morris Martin as a young man

Morris Martin was secretary and aide to Frank Buchman, founder of Moral Re-Armament

Friday, 11 July, 2008
David Channer

The photographer and film-maker David Channer devoted his life to making films about reconciliation and forgiveness.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Captain Ken Stewart, right, with fellow army medical offers in Reggio Calabria, Italy, September 1943.

A doctor with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during World War II, Ken Stewart saw distinguished service during the allied invasions of Sicily and southern Italy.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Alan Weeks by Jonathan Lancaster

Reconciliation on the Pacific island of Bougainville was a high priority for this quiet peacemaker.

Friday, 11 July, 2008
Robin Mowat

Robin Mowat was a historian who saw the world from a spiritual and, indeed, prophetic perspective.