Bi-Annual National Gathering

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 19:00


At Initiatives of Change, we live the duality of being and doing; of presence and action, as we respond to the needs of today’s world. Whether you’ve been with us for years, or are just getting to know us—we warmly invite you to join us for our National Gathering online, beginning on 15 May, 7 to 9 pm AEST

All sessions will be accessible via Zoom. Please register for the sessions below.

Now is the time for us to come together, to go within, to move without. To harness the essence of IofC—trust, faith, and action from a place of integrity—which, if brought forward, will make a significant contribution towards healing the soul of our nation.


SESSION 1: Saturday 15 May 

Lighting Up Armagh—A New Vision

This will be a night of ‘lighting up’ a new vision for Initiatives of Change Australia and our Australia-Pacific Centre, Armagh. We will spotlight stories from IofC history, and showcase the launch of Our Uluru Response, our new Trustbuilding Project.

NOTE: During this session we will join the IofC India community from 7.30-8.30 pm AEST for an hour of multi-faith prayers, songs and words of healing in response to the current COVID crisis. To accommodate this change, our time with Suresh Vazirani, IofC International President, will now take place on Monday 17 May. 

Register for Session 1

SESSION 2: Monday 17 May

Fireside chat with the EO and Board

Executive Officer Margaret Hepworth and IofC Australia Board members will outline our strategic priorities and focus as an organization. Here is your chance to ask the new EO and the Board any questions you like! Suresh Vazirani, IofC International President, will join us for this session.

Register for Session 2

SESSION 3: Wednesday 19 May

Looking beyond our borders—An international session
Guest speaker and international relations scholar Dr Pradeep Taneja from the University of Melbourne will speak about ‘Australia, China and India in a post-COVID world,’ delving deeply into diplomatic relationships across these countries.
Friends from the IofC community in other parts of the world will join us for regional and global updates, including news from IofC centres in Switzerland and India, and from Trustbuilding Project teams around the world. 
Register for Session 3

SESSION 4: Friday 21 May

Creating a new narrative for Australia & beyond

Time to get creative through the inspiration of music and poetry! Be immersed in Wayapa Wurrk’s Indigenous mindfulness sessions, connecting us to Mother Earth. Learn more about the new Creators of Peace guide for Advocating a New Story of our Shared Humanity.
This session is open to all, and IofC Australia is covering the costs of our Indigenous facilitators. We invite you to support this session through a donation of $15 or more. We will provide you with an option to 'Donate' when you register for this session. 
Register for Session 4

OUR launch at Armagh on 19 March 2021Credit: Eike ZellerSESSION 5: Monday 24 May

Walking with First Nations—OUR call to action

NOW IS THE TIME for walking with First Nations on a journey of truth-telling and truth-hearing. In this panel session with First Nations elders and others, we will explore the themes emerging from the new book by Brian Butler and John Bond, Sorry and Beyond.
We will wrap up our National Gathering in this final session with a deeper understanding of the commitments we are making, to make a difference in the world.
Register for Session 5