The Life Matters workshop takes place annually in Melbourne over the long weekend of Australia Day. This time around, Sudarshan Suresh discovers more about the philosophy and practice of ‘Life Matters,’ while Luda Kedova interviews three of the 20 participants in the January 2017 workshop.
Early in the Southern Hemisphere summer, Ruby Nelson-Will sat down with Executive Officer Athalia Zwartz and assistant Kirsty Argento for an update on the Initiatives of Change (IofC) Roadmap process, and new directions.
“What is extremism in my religion, and how can it be countered?” This was the question posed to a panel of religious leaders and commentators who convened during the National Gathering at Armagh in Melbourne on the weekend of 11 June.
Afghan refugee Nazer Nazir had been in Australia for less than a year when a friend from IofC, Rob Wood, invited him to a Life Matters workshop in Melbourne. One thought that stayed with him, from that weekend, was a quote from one of the speakers. “Each wave is born and dies, but the ocean itself never dies,” said Nazer, recalling that day. “He meant that humanity is like an ocean and we are here to play our part.”
Initiatives of Change Australia is launching a national consultation process around Australia, aiming to capture the full range of ongoing work currently associated with IofC – and to take new steps toward creating the future. This ‘Roadmap’ process for change and development within the network is to clarify and evolve the vision, mission and calling for IofC Australia.
Almost 60 years after Moral Re-Armament was incorporated in Australia, its Annual General Meeting voted unanimously to update its legal name to ‘Initiatives of Change Australia.’ The decision brings the organization’s legal name in line with existing practice.
IofC volunteers Rob Lancaster from Canberra and David Vincent, a former child soldier and refugee from South Sudan based in Melbourne, coordinated the training that began in April 2015. Rob tells the story...
The Life Matters Course - developed in Australia to help young adults ‘shape a path and purpose for living’ – is now being presented around Asia. From 12-21 May, the third such course in Asia took place in Pagadian, in the troubled province of Mindanao, Philippines.
Who has an adequate answer for the fanaticism and hatred the fuel terrorism? How can any of us be part of creating that answer? Newsbriefs give examples of “building trust across the world’s divides”. Read more...
Marking the 150th anniversary of the South Seas “labour traffic” to Australia, three Australians attended a ceremony in Fiji honouring the descendants of Melanesian labourers first transported to Fiji 150 years ago. Continue reading…