Following the launch of the film "Beyond Forgiving" in Quebec City on June 11, the committee “Intercultural Bridge” created by Initiatives of Change and Development and Peace, held a gathering with the theme Out of our solitudes, dare to build together.
The launch of the film Beyond Forgiving in Quebec City on June 11 is still bearing fruit thanks to the promotion, the event itself, and follow-up phases built into the activity. The motivation of IofC’s five partner organizations has been paramount to this success as they aimed to meet some needs in their region. Of the 56 participants who attended the screening that evening, the majority expressed a desire to engage in other activities in the same spirit.
“You never know where life takes you" Janyce Konkin, Regional Coordinator of IofC programs in Alberta, repeatedly tells me. Three months ago, when my life collapsed and plunged to the bottom, I met Janyce. After an hour’s talk, she suggested that I might want to take the Compass Program. We agreed that I would do an internship and help to organize it. That was the best decision I made in my life.
October 18, 8:00 pm on the OWN network - Oprah Winfrey presents the seven-night event, "Belief," a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. "Seven billion people, searching for connection, redemption, meaning." The second episode of "Belief," to be aired by OWN on October 19, features a segment on Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye.
Tsering Yangzom, a Tibetan, living in Toronto, and an M.A. student in East Asian and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto took part in the 2015 Caux Scholars Program in Caux.
IofC Canada’s Board of Directors met in Ottawa for two days with the goals of getting to know one another better, identifying key issues and strategizing on ways forward. Our starting point was the material gathered at the 2015 AGM in Calgary. It both painted the picture of where IofC Canada is currently at and pointed the direction for a desired future as envisioned by the many people who contributed their prayers, dreams and hopes for what they see IofC Canada being and doing.
At Caux, on the other side of the world, I found a place where I knew I was meant to be. Overlooking a spectacular view, I was able to find out who I was and make connections with inspiring people from all over the world. Though I was a little nervous, I was sure from day one that the interns program was going to be an enlightening experience. Now I can say without a doubt that I was not wrong about it. The workshops, my departmental work in reception and my conference participation taught me many skills, and I was able to make connections I would never have been able to make at any other internship.
"We will be weaving together a picture of the real world needs, and the ways we are addressing them." With these opening remarks from Initiatives of Change International President, Dr. Omnia Marzouk, the 2015 Extended Global Assembly began. It was a time of reconnecting, relationship building and sharing in each others’ stories of building trust across the world’s divides.