Monday, 19 January, 2015

Calgary, Jan. 4, 2015--As a direct result of our October 3&4th, 2014 conference, four members of Initiatives of Change in Calgary were asked to share their stories of change at the “Wings of Change” Conference held in Calgary on Sunday, January 4th, 2015 organized by Dr. Frank Menezes.

Monday, 19 January, 2015
Harmony Cafe group

Calgary, Jan. 3, 2015--Seventeen people braved the cold & snow to attend the 3rd monthly Harmony Café in Calgary on January 3rd. Chantal Stormsong Chagnon, a Saskatchewan Cree, provided us with a mini-lecture on the meaning of the Idle No More movement. Then we all joined in singing and drumming traditional Cree and Ojibway songs.

Saturday, 16 May, 2015

L'acceuil favorable reçu par le film Au-delà du pardon.

Wednesday, 24 December, 2014
Justice Festival

Calgary, Dec. 9, 2014--Janyce Konkin, Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta, and her team attended two Fall peace festivals – the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival and the Project Ploughshares Christmas Peace Fair—and represented IofC there.

Friday, 19 December, 2014
Joseph Vumiliya

Montreal, Dec. 4, 2014--Since May 2014, the idea of an initiative in Quebec emerged gradually from the spirit and dynamic of the new Initiatives of Change film Beyond Forgiveness produced in 2013 by two IofC colleagues, Imad Karam, originally from Palestine, and Howard Grace of UK.

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.

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