This 24 page booklet describes the 70+ year history of the peacebuilding work of IofC and Caux. It was produced as part of the Ousseimi Foundation's 2014 Prize for Tolerance, awarded to Initiatives of Change.
Beyond Forgiving est un film documentaire de 28 mn qui raconte l’histoire véridique de deux Sud-Africains ayant pour but de travailler à la réconciliation et à la guérison des blessures de leur pays après l’apartheid. Ginn Fourie et Lethlapa Mphalele constituent un duo improbable : une blanche chrétienne et un noir athée. L’une a souffert directement de l’action de l’autre, mais tous deux ont été des victimes – et ils ont su dépasser leur souffrance. Ce qui les unit c’est leur passé émouvant traversé de tragédie, de pardon et d’espoir.
A new book on Frank Buchman, The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman, has just been published by Pennsylvania State University Press. It is written by Philip Boobbyer, a history lecturer at the University of Kent in the UK, who is known to many in Initiatives of Change. The book focuses on Buchman's ideas and spirituality, and has separate chapters on the origins of Buchman's thinking, guidance, personal work, theological questions, strategy and organization, and politics and ideology.
The story of Elsa Vogel, 88, born illegitimate in France, who survived being machine-gunned at 18 in Paris, and full of hate for the Germans. She met two young women and asked them: 'I have a faith, I go to church and I pray regularly. What is it that you have – and I don’t?'
Beyond Forgiving is a 28 minute documentary film which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims - and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.
Graham Turner explores the power that can be found in silence through interviewing monastics, religious leaders, composers, actors, psychotherapists, prisoners and peace workers about their experiences of practising silence. Ranging from Christian contemplation in the Egyptian desert to Vipassana meditation in India, from the shared silence of Quaker meetings in Oxford to the profound stillness of the Alps, this is a powerful book about a great gap in modern human awareness.
'Jerzy Zubrzycki was widely described as the "father of Australian multiculturalism". He contributed enormously to the social development of this country.' From the foreword by Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister, 1975-83.