Moral Re-Armament/Initiatives of Change (MRA/IofC) Zimbabwe held a second national youth conference in Gweru at the Baptist Seminary Conference centre from 7 to 12 December 2017. The aim was 'Change – from Personal to Global'. A conference earlier in the year ran under the theme ‘From a Group to a Team’ and has seen MRA/IofC Zimbabwe establish two youth groups in Harare and Gweru which meet once every week as well as active involvement in local communities. Thirty young people between ages of 15-27 and representing five cities came together to learn more about ‘Change - from Personal to Global’ and ‘Changes start with you and me; be the change you want to see; take the initiative’.
Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, were among five recipients of this year’s prestigious 2017 ‘Intercultural Innovation Award’, conferred by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW. The award ceremony took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29th November.
Which borders do we experience, personally and in society, and how can we cross them? Around 150 people from different nationalities and beliefs – from Bahai, Hindu and Buddhist to the three monotheistic faiths – gathered to discuss these questions during the annual Interfaith Conference at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague on 18 of November. The conference, that carried the theme Crossing borders, building bridges, was organised in collaboration with Initiatives of Change Netherlands and the student chaplaincy of The Hague Haastu.
Pastor Dr James Wuye and Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa are finalists for the Intercultural Innovation Award, conferred by a unique partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations and BMW. The Award Ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29th November. It is 'a celebration of the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue around the world'.
‘The first time ever that I feel free’. These words, of a participant in Afghanistan, capture the joy and anguish of women trapped by years of war, poverty and social constraint. Shabnam Hamrah in Afghanistan and Iman Al Ghafari in Syria filed these reports. November 2017.
Journalist and business author Michael Smith, representing Initiatives of Change, advocated five pillars of trust in the economy when he gave the opening keynote address to the 31st annual Businet conference on 9 November. Over 200 business educators, including professors, academics, lecturers and heads of departments, took part in the conference, held in Vilamoura, Portugal, 9 to 11 November. Businet, founded in 1994, is a 'global business education network' with 102 member organizations of higher education in 31 countries.