Tuesday, 16 December, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Montrose

On a glorious, sun-caressed autumn day in early November 2014, Catherine Graham, Duchess of Montrose, having “slipped the surly bonds of earth,” as her favourite poem expressed it, was laid to rest after a funeral service in the Scottish village of Drymen.

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014
Samrawit Mersha, second from left, with her new friends at the Multicultural Women’s Friendship Circle.

Samrawit Araya M. Mersha is a newcomer from Ethiopia. Here is her summary of her experiences in the Multicultural Women’s Friendship Circle in Ottawa.

Friday, 05 December, 2014
Beyond Forgiving screens at Small Ritual Coffee Society

What does a person need, before she or he can be able to forgive? What is the role of courage in forgiveness? What are the barriers to starting this journey? On November 21, 2014 local leaders, pastors and community members wrestled with these questions during a special preview screening of Beyond Forgiving.

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

I was honoured on November 11, 2014 to be invited to provide the key address at Project Ploughshares annual “Alternative Remembrance Day Service.” Approximately 25 people bundled up warmly to withstand the -15C crisp Calgary afternoon at the Calgary Peace Pole. Following is a short excerpt from my talk.

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014
Harmony cafe singing circle

Calgary, Dec. 7, 2014—A community initiative that had been two years in the planning came to fruition here on Nov. 8 as Harmony Café held its opening event to provide to provide a space where people can come together to dialogue and learn new paradigms for living a meaningful, values-filled life.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
Laya Behbahai

Having been introduced to Initiatives of Change by my friend Dr. Genevieve LeBaron, a former member of IofC Canada’s Council, I attended Caux for the first time in 2013 and found the experience to be so overwhelmingly unique, that I decided to join a conference organizing team for 2014.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

After seeing a memorable film about Diomède Niyonzima, a Burundi genocide survivor, who lost 43 relatives, we decided to undertake a project. Diomède currently lives in Quebec City and is President of Kira Burundi, a non-profit organization that helps street youth in his native country.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
Beyond Forgiving film goes bilingual

Chris Hartnell, Manager of MRA Productions North America, and Tim Hall, Communications Coordinator are working on a dual-language version of Beyond Forgiving.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
After the Rain - Caux 2014

Caux, July 31, 2014 - I was in Caux from July 11 to July 31 as one of the International Panel of Elders, while the ‘Just Governance for Human Security’, ‘Seeds of Inspiration’ and ‘CATS’ (Children as Actors in Transforming Society) conferences took place.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

Participating in Global Assembly as one of two Canadian representatives, I talked about Canadian programs, emphasizing those I knew the best, the programs oriented towards bringing the ‘four solitudes’ (aboriginals, francophones, anglophones and newer immigrants) closer together through meetings, discussions and films.

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