Over 600 people filled the room at the eighth Annual Celebration Gala of the We Are Family Foundation on October 26, 2010 in New York. Among the honourees were Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye for their work of peacemaking in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt on Copts, the Egyptian group of Initiatives of Change - an NGO that includes Muslims and Christians - has called for three days of prayer and fasting (until sunset) 'for Egypt's safety and unity'. Just before Christmas, Cornelio Sommaruga, Honorary President of Initiatives of Change International, spoke at an event in Geneva. His words, and the Geneva Spiritual Appeal which organized the event seem relevant to this ever-present issue of violence cloaked in religion.
A wonderful 95-minute DVD of the concert given by the Colwell Brothers and Herb Allen at Caux on August 14, 2010, is now available from Caux Books, at CHF 20, plus postage. The film, shot with four cameras, was edited by Ian Corcoran, and makes you feel like you were there!
At times, my teacher would come to school with a gun. If there was no incident in the area before midday, you would be lucky.’ Julius Sarich, from the remote area of East Pokot, travelled for a whole day to attend a viewing of the documentary film An African Answer in the Rift Valley town of Kabarnet.
Two days before Rajmohan Gandhi ended his terms as President of Initiatives of Change (IofC) International, he and his wife Usha had a dialogue with 40 mostly young people from 20 countries, including Afghanistan and Iran, China and Korea, Sudan and Guatemala, Ukraine and Lebanon.
After two months of intensive training with IofC’s Action for Life programme, a new generation of change makers sets out to work with IofC teams grappling some of the core issues in Africa, Eastern Europe, Indonesia and the Pacific.