Thursday, 10 September, 2015

"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.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

The Caux Scholars Program aims to train young scholars in the fields of peacebuilding, transitional and restorative justice, and reconciliation. The 21 Scholars of the summer 2015 session were from 16 countries. The course is designed to enhance scholars’ already strong capacity to effect change in the world and in their communities. It helps to equip them to be effective advocates for change and positive voices as the world and international systems struggle with how best to achieve peace with justice. Scholars are also trained to be servant-leaders who put the interests of the community before their own.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

A first experience in Caux is usually powerful. It was the case for Marie Émilie Lacroix, a teacher from Quebec City. In the last year, she has been a devoted aboriginal representative for IofC’s ‘Four Solitudes’ initiatives, including the launch of the film Beyond Forgiving in Quebec City on June 11.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

I participated in the Caux Interns Leadership Program -- a five-week program focused on personal growth, leadership development, self-reflection, and the evolution of an individual's journey within a community based framework. The overall theme aligned with IofC's vision of building trust across the world's divides by becoming the change that you wish to see in the world.

Friday, 30 October, 2015

The South Sudanese community here honoured Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Coordinator of Programs in Alberta and several other people at their second annual gala dinner and Awards ceremony on August 15. The awards and certificates, presented by South Sudanese Community Association President Khor Reat Top, recognized people who have made a difference and have helped bring the community together. Close to 100 attendees enjoyed ethic food and a silent auction to raise funds for future events.

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015
First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan (site of NAINConnect 2015)

Regina, Saskatchewan hosted the annual North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) this year. One of the 15 sponsors was Multi-Faith Saskatchewan, of which IofC Canada is a member. Representing IofC Canada were Gwen McLean, who has been on the executive of Multi-Faith Saskatchewan for several years, and Janyce Konkin from Calgary.

Here are some observatons by Paul Chaffee of San Francisco, California, who edits the publication Interfaith Observer.

Monday, 29 June, 2015

Quebec City, June 11, 2015-- After several months of ground work with five partner organizations, Beyond Forgiving, the IofC film made in South Africa, was screened to an audience of 56 diversified and enthusiastic participants in the spirit of the evening’s theme: “To come out of our solitudes - Dare to build together.”

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) held several closing events here between May 31 and June 3 to mark the release of its final report on Indian residential schools.

Monday, 22 June, 2015
(left to right) Khor Reat Top, Janyce Konkin, Augustino Lucano and Gatluak Bichiok discuss and share.

Home to the largest population of South Sudanese in Canada, Calgary could potentially be a powder keg of tribal tension that could flare up into violence at any given moment. But instead, dialogue, discussions, the city’s first-ever South Sudanese ethnic gala and peaceful demonstrations in support of human rights have marked community life for the diaspora in this city.

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015
Initiatives of Change Canada AGM weekend - opening circle.

At the FCJ Conference Centre by the Elbow River in Calgary about 40 people gathered over the weekend of June 5th to 7th. Ranging in age from almost three to the 80’s the theme of the weekend was transition.