Friday, 22 May, 2009
Former rival militants from Guadalcanal have pledged to pursue peace after attending a Winds of Change workshop. From left, Patrick Haukare, Michael Vutiande, Reginald Billy, Jonathan Vani, Justin Pascal and Derol Kikolo. (PHOTO: Charles Kadamana - Solomon Star)

John Mills reports on the recent Solomon Islands conference, 'Reconciliation: The Way Forward', held with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to coincide with the launch of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was followed by a workshop for former combatants.

Thursday, 07 May, 2009
Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (photo by Wa-J)

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu helped launch a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Solomon Islands on 29th April. He also spoke at an Initiatives of Change conference held to coincide with the launch.

Thursday, 09 April, 2009
Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (photo by Wa-J)

The Solomon Times reports that Winds of Change, the Initiatives of Change group in Solomon Islands, is organizing a conference on peace and reconciliation with the special participation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The conference will take place 29 April to 1 May 2009.

Thursday, 09 April, 2009
Imam Ashafa and Pastor James receive the 2009 Spiritual Solidarity Award from Father Daou

The Arabic version of the award winning documentary film The Imam and the Pastor was launched in Lebanon on 27th March under the slogan ‘Together in service of sustainable Reconciliation’. Imad Karam, who works with For the Love of Tomorrow films in the UK, reports.

Friday, 20 March, 2009

GPS – or Sat Nav – as we call it in England is all the rage. When my wife and I rented a car in Los Angeles we found to our surprise that it had GPS already installed. We got to our destination before we had figured out how to make it work.

Friday, 06 March, 2009
Kim Beazley Jnr at the launch of "Father of the House"

A book launch of Father of the House, the memoirs of the late Kim Edward Beazley, took place on 11 February in the Australian Federal Parliament. As Minister for Education 1972-75, Beazley was responsible for some of the most enduring reforms of the Whitlam Labor Government.

Thursday, 05 March, 2009

Tools for Change Kuala Lumpur – the first conference of its kind to be held outside Switzerland – last week brought together 80 from corporate and civil society sectors, from media and education, to learn more about empowering and implementing change through generating trust, integrity and forming networks for action.

Thursday, 26 February, 2009
Trust and Integrity book cover

A new edition of Michael Smith’s book, Trust and integrity in the global economy, has been published by St Paul Press in Mumbai, India. The book was given a ceremonial launch at a recent ‘Heart of Effective Leadership’ conference at Asia Plateau, the IofC conference centre in Panchgani, on 4 February.

Saturday, 21 February, 2009

The 18th Life Matters Course, held at Armagh, Melbourne, brings healing and direction to 19 participants who came from around Australia and the Asia Pacific region. John Mills reports...

Monday, 08 December, 2008
Pastor James Wuye speaks to an audience of 270 at the C3 Centre at the last public event in Melbourne during his and Imam Muhammad Ashafa's Australian tour.

Two Nigerians internationally famous for their work in interfaith reconciliation spent three weeks in Australia, 24 October to 14 November, as guests of Initiatives of Change. They are Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye from the north-central city of Kaduna, where they head the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre.