IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

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Lisa and Charly Kleissner speaking at TIGE, Caux 2014, 8 July

What roles do integrity and trust in the economy play in our daily lives? This was the question discussed at the morning of the plenary session of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) conference at Caux, Switzerland.

Community Leaders Meeting Brazil June 2014

Brazil, despite being the seventh economic power in the world, is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Social inequality can be seen in the major cities as well as elsewhere with random shanty towns amid formal neighborhoods. IofC Brazil has for many years been accompanying and supporting work in poor communities in various parts of Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. As part of this there will be two events in 2014 for community leaders, to strengthen the commitment to change and turn the tide in this situation.

Robe Street, Deakin, Canberra (photo: Grahamec on Wikimedia Commons)

Why hold a Peace Circle in a predominantly peaceful and harmonious society? News of a recent Peace Circle in Canberra from Kaveri Chakrabarty and Rosemary Thwaites.

Creators of Peace Circle in Romania (Photo by Diana Topan & Andrei Cîmpan)

The fourth Creators of Peace Circle took place in Romania (Baia Mare) from 25-27 April, 2014. Ten women, aged 16 to 43, engaged in a peace conversation facilitated by Willemijn Lambert from the Netherlands and Simona Toroţcoi from Romania.

Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele with Terry Waite

The Royal Geographical Society’s Ondaatje Theatre opened its doors for the biggest London event of The Beyond Forgiving Tour on 27 May. Here to a hugely attentive, 400-strong crowd, South Africans Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele spread their message of the transformative nature of forgiveness and apology.

Letlapa Mphahlele and Ginn Fourie in Durham

The Durham event of the Beyond Forgiving tour took place in the Prior's Hall of the Cathedral on 28 May. Dr Anthony Bash, senior tutor at Hatfield College, University of Durham, welcomed the audience and the two protagonists of the film, Letlapa Mphahlele and Ginn Fourie. Following a screening of the DVD, the first person to respond was Mr Archie Sibeko, once a senior commander of the ANC and a trade union leader. Turning to Mpahlele and Fourie, he remarked on their bravery.