Cummings and Goings

For those of us in the UK, we would have to be living under a rock to miss the unfolding drama surrounding the journey from London to Durham and subsequent activities of Dominic Cummings (the PM's Advisor) and his family at the height of Covid-19 pandemic. There are three elements to this that strike me - the event, the person (Dominic Cummings), and our reaction to both.

Shared Humanity - with Letlapa Mphalele in Newcastle

Letlapa Mphahlele

Letlapa Mphalele is visiting the UK to speak on the theme of shared humanity. Letlapa commanded the South African Liberation Army (APLA) during apartheid times. Until 2013 he was President of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and an MP in the South African parliament. In 1993 he ordered several retaliatory massacres against white civilians. One of those killed was a white South African student, Lyndi Fourie. Her mother, Ginn Fourie, later met, and forgave, Letlapa. The story of their work together for reconciliation is told in the award-winning film, Beyond Forgiving, an extract of which will be shown during the evening.

Shared Humanity - with Letlapa Mphalele in Oxford

Letlapa Mphahlele

Letlapa Mphalele is visiting the UK to speak on the theme of shared humanity. Letlapa commanded the South African Liberation Army (APLA) during apartheid times. Until 2013 he was President of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and an MP in the South African parliament. In 1993 he ordered several retaliatory massacres against white civilians. One of those killed was a white South African student, Lyndi Fourie. Her mother, Ginn Fourie, later met, and forgave, Letlapa. The story of their work together for reconciliation is told in the award-winning film, Beyond Forgiving, an extract of which will be shown during the evening.

Shared humanity: beyond our differing cultures and beliefs

Letlapa Mphahlele

Initiatives of Change International invites you to a public event with Letlapa Mphahlele, commander of the South African Liberation Army (APLA) during apartheid times. Letlapa was once a man who ordered retaliatory massacres of white civilians. Now he sees the whole of humanity as 'my people'. Letlapa is a protagonist in the award-winning film, 'Beyond Forgiving', which demonstrates that it is possible to transcend the horror of past injustice, violence and loss and go beyond forgiving to helping others. An excerpt of the film will be shown during the evening.

CHANGEMAKERS

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

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.

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