Listening to the Wisdom of Quiet Voices

In 2006, Global Indigenous Dialogue, a program of Initiatives of Change Canada, produced a booklet that collected stories and involvement of Indigenous people with Initiatives of Change around the world. They did this in part, to celebrate 60 years of the Initiatives of Change international conference centre at Caux, Switzerland.

Within “this booklet are just a few of the many stories that could be told of the power of the partnership between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people when they take the time to face what has been wrong, take the courage to put right what has been wrong, and then take the initiative to share their experiences with those who want to see a new way forward.”


These stories are precious and are an example of what each one of us can follow.

Listening to the Wisdom of Quiet Voices is now being made available as a free PDF attched.


The Power of Silence – the riches that lie within

Author: Graham Turner
Published by: Bloomsbury    ISBN: 9781441182234

‘The Power of Silence’ by Graham TurnerIn the modern world, we are assaulted on all sides by noise; but silence can change your life and this book explains why and how.

Silence is a mysterious and unfathomable realm, perhaps the most under-used of all resources, and one our modern culture has all but obliterated by turning up the volume control. Graham Turner explores the power that can be found in silence through interviewing monastics, religious leaders, composers, actors, psychotherapists, prisoners and peace workers about their experiences of practising silence. Ranging from Christian contemplation in the Egyptian desert to Vipassana meditation in India, from the shared silence of Quaker meetings in Oxford to the profound stillness of the Alps, this is a powerful book about a great gap in modern human awareness.

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No Enemy to Conquer

Author: Michael Henderson
Published by: Baylor University Press   ISBN: 978-1-60258-140-1

No Enemy to ConquerA book of forgiveness in an unforgiving world by well-known author and broadcaster Michael Henderson. This welcome book presents stories of real men and women of different faiths and cultures reaching out to reconcile with others, previously deemed their enemies. Offering dramatic evidence of the transformative power of forgiveness, this book shares the stories of people of diverse faiths and cultures who found the courage to reconcile with their enemies.

A wide range of commentators includes Archbishop Tutu, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rajmohan Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, and the Dalai Lama. In addition, scholars amplify the stories from the perspectives of their disciplines. The result is a multi-layered, multi-voiced call to understand forgiveness and know that peace is always possible.

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Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy

Author: Michael Smith
Published by: Better Yourself Books  ISBN: 978-81-7108-699-3

Trust and Integrity in the Global EconomyThis book tells the stories of business leaders and ordinary people, of farmers, entrepreneurs, and others, who have made a difference and who have changed the conditions of the communities and countries where they serve.

The author writes: What are the great issues that confront the generation growing up in the foothills of the 21st century? Some of today's generation will determine to change things. What does it mean to have a calling to give one's life for a great cause? The stories in this book, taken largely from the entrepreneurial field, serve as illustrations of such a determination to make a difference. I wanted to present these stories in the hope that they would be a source of inspiration to others.

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Author: Rob Corcoran
Published by: University of Virginia Press  ISBN: 978-0-81392-875-3

Trustbuilding book coverTrustbuilding is part historical narrative and part handbook for a model of dialogue and community change. The book is inspired by the programme Hope in the Cities which promotes an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility. At its heart is the story of how Richmond, Virginia, a former slave market and capital of the Confederacy, has become a seedbed for interracial dialogue and trust-building with national and international implications.

Author Rob Corcoran has been involved in promoting dialogue and conflict reconciliation among diverse and polarised racial, ethnic, and religious groups in Europe, South Africa, India and the United States for over 30 years.

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The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman

Author: Philip Boobbyer
Published by: Penn State Press
ISBN-10: 0271059796 and ISBN-13: 978-0271059792

The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman by Philip BobbyerThe Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman is an in-depth look at the life, spirituality, and ideology of one of the most original figures in twentieth-century religion. Frank Buchman (1878-1961), the Pennsylvania-born initiator of the movement known as the Oxford Group and Moral Re-Armament, was a Lutheran pastor who first had influence as a college evangelist and missionary with the YMCA. His thinking then evolved during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the early Cold War as he tried to develop a world philosophy that could offer an answer to war and materialism. His impact was particularly felt in the areas of conflict resolution between nations and interfaith dialogue, and Alcoholics Anonymous also owed much to his methods. Philip Boobbyer's book is the first scholarly overview of Buchman's ideas and is an important addition to the growing corpus of academic literature on his worldwide outreach. Boobbyer shows how his work reflected broader processes in twentieth-century religion and politics and can be seen as a spiritual response to an emerging global society.

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My Friend Frank Buchman: A Book of Battle

Author: Ray Foote Purdy
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1484137051 and ISBN-13: 978-1484137055

My Friend, Frank Buchman, by Ray Foote PurdyRay Purdy’s story is the story of an American who, as a young man in the early 1920s, decided to devote his life to the concept, initiated by Dr. Frank Buchman, that the only way to resolve conflict between races, classes and nations, and build a new society, is by changing the human nature of individuals, one by one, starting with yourself. He found that this hate-disarming concept found response in people of all kinds in every country, and as the force of committed people grew, so did the global impact. What followed is a gripping story which has applications for today. Though he wrote this book toward the end of his life, at the height of the Cold War, he seems to speak to anyone in any age who truly cares about the future of the world we live in.

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Beyond Borders:  Initiatives of Change In Quebec

Author: Compiled by Laurent Gagnon
Published by: Caux Books
ISBN: 2-88937-512-6


Life experiences, compiled by Laurent Gagnon, foreword by Cornelio Sommaruga
							You are in for a refreshing read, and you will be moved by the simplicity of the 19 personal stories, the faithful witness over many years, and the pattern of changed lives that is continuing. There is good variety in the expressions of peoples' various encounters with IofC, yet the common thread that has attracted all of them has been an infectious quality of life lived.

Readers Comments: "Congratulations on a job well done." "Thanks for the big task that you undertook to have this book published, first in French and now English, for everyone in Canada - and around the world - to read and to be inspired." "I have just finished reading your book with much enjoyment.” “ A pleasure to meet so many old friends and get to know new ones.” “ A very useful introduction to how IofC works in and through people’s lives." "Beyond Borders – it is wonderful! So straightforward and interesting."

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