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Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole. If you would like to contribute a commentary, please email us. We welcome feedback that contributes to the stated aim of this website which is to build relationships of trust across the world's divides. The editors reserve the right to refuse contributions that use intemperate language or vilify others and which do not in our view encourage productive dialogue.

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Rishab Khanna
30-Jul-2018

The world seems burdened by complex problems; yet the simple solutions is care— care for humans, care for our planet, and all that is in it. How can a CARE economy benefit everyone?

The Richmond Unity Walk Through History
29-Jun-2018

Twenty-five years ago, Richmond took its first steps toward publicly acknowledging its traumatic history of slavery and racial oppression. On 18 June 1993, area residents of all backgrounds supported by representatives of 50 other cities and 20 countries walked together to mark sites previously too painful or shameful to remember.

Tracie Mooneyham in Panchgani with friend (photo Armaan Dua)
29-May-2018

‘So, how are you finding your time at Asia Plateau?’, came the question from across the breakfast table. Though the question came from a dear friend, I couldn’t help but be slightly annoyed. I had arrived in Panchgani only three days prior and was struggling to balance the jet-lag, work deadlines at home, and the work related to the programme, Lead for Change, of which I had made the trip to India for.

Rob Corcoran
09-Apr-2018

When I first met Rev Bill Wigmore he was running the largest recovery centre in Texas based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In recent years, Wigmore, who is an Episcopal priest, has been researching the movement’s early methodology to rediscover the lost or forgotten process followed by Dr Bob and the AA pioneers. Foremost among these is what Wigmore describes as two-way prayer – regular quiet times which he says were regarded as even more important than group meetings.

Tracie Mooneyham
20-Dec-2017

At this point in the year most people are trying to gather close with family and friends; this is regardless of religion or heritage. Most offices close for Christmas or New Year's. We make a point to take vacation time and relax with loved ones. Even when I worked in retail, it was one of the two holidays when the stores were completely closed. Everyone looks forward to the opportunity to rest – to pause our fast-forward lives for just a moment as another year wanes. This is the time of year to reflect on our relationships and share in the warmth of loved ones who are near.

Dr Monica Spooner
13-Dec-2017

Dr Monica Spooner found herself wondering, 'How will Britain mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration?’ In ignorance and disbelief, she read the 67-word Balfour Declaration of November 1917, and the League of Nations Mandate that Britain secured after the war, and discovered that we had accepted a ‘sacred trust’ to bring both the Jews and the Arabs to independence in Palestine. Not surprisingly, there was misunderstanding from the beginning, for both Arabs and Jews believed we had promised the land to them. The Balfour Project, born eight years ago, brought 1,200 to Central Hall Westminster on 31 October 2017.