"I believe that young women who are going through dark days of neglect and depression can overcome their problems if they see past the pain and understand that how you feel about yourself is what you allow yourself to feel." Reflections on Living Peace by Alisi Waqainabete from Fiji
"To be a peacemaker means to be challenged and confronted with my own weakness, and to be tested by God and the universe in order to carry out the task properly." Reflections on Living Peace by Iman AlGhafari from Syria.
"If real peace was to become alive and active in my life, I needed peace to somehow become part of my daily routine. That meant discipline and being truthful to my decision – even through uninspired periods and periods of no visible results." Reflections on Living Peace by Ragnhild H. Østmo from Norway
As we begin the 25th anniversary conference for Creators of Peace at Caux, 6 women from our global network from Australia, Burundi, Fiji, Norway, Switzerland and Syria will share their reflections on what a 'living peace' means to them. Bek Brown, a member of the Conference Organising Committee, begins by sharing her thoughts on what will make this week of ‘living peace’ so special.
Who is speaking out? Who is stepping up? Who will be a voice for peace in a world of conflict and hatred? Ten women met in June in a Peace Circle at Trinity Washington University to reflect upon what peace meant to them. Trinity students, staff, and faculty from all three branches of the Abrahamic faiths—Jewish, Muslim and Christian—met with other women in the city to tell their personal stories, share their faith, and address their circles of concern about peace.
Arshaluys Mushkambaryan, who has introduced Creators of Peace to Armenia, had attended Peace Circles in India, at Asia Plateau in 2015 and had felt that her country needs this project on a local basis to help people to overcome inner and outer disturbances and build peace within and around them.
After the random killings that took place in France, Germany and the Middle East in July under the inspiration of what we cannot but call an international criminal organization, Initiatives of Change France wishes to express its shared sense of sorrow to all the victims, their relatives and friends, to the Christian community that was targeted, while strongly denouncing the inhumanity of the killing of innocents.
'We assume from afar and you can kill someone based on assumption. We have learned a bitter lesson.' This line from 'The Imam and the Pastor' film leads the report of a conference on 'International Intervention: the Future?', which took place at the Centre for International Intervention, Surrey University, on 18 and 19 July.
Over 30 million people worldwide are in need of prosthetics but have no access to them—a statistic that shocked the Caux audience. Merel Rumping from The Netherlands explained the concept of LegBank, whose mission is to ‘increase access to affordable, qualitative prostheses for low-income amputees in upcoming economies’.