King Michael of Romania died aged 96 on 5 December 2017. The Romanian royal family’s links with Moral Re-Armament dated from well before the war, when Frank Buchman met King Michael’s grandmother, Queen Marie, in Bucharest.
Rose Njeri Kamau is part of the Creators of Peace team of women who are courageously working for peace in Kenya. Rose offered her personal journey to be shared so that others can learn from it and be healed. As told to Talia Smith in advance of Creators of Peace Kenya’s 10th year anniversary where the leadership of women like Rose will be honoured and many more trained to empower peace in their communities.
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.