Lillie A. Estes
“What are the things that impact people and prevent them from moving forward?” That is the question that has always interested Lillie Estes in her work for social justice.
For everyone everywhere
One view of life says that in order to be good one needs God's help. I understand that view as I doubt that any of us find it easy to always do the right thing. But sometimes the corollary then becomes that those who do not believe in God do not behave as well. I used to subscribe to this view but not anymore.
Roots and shoots
Before going to university to study biology, I rode a motorbike around my county of Somerset, England, surveying the plants. After seven years at university and acquiring a doctorate in epigenetics, I then worked full-time for Initiatives of Change for 40 years. After retiring, I wondered if I could I find my way back to my roots in biology, and what might I find if I did?
Hope in the Cities in a word
Karen Elliott Greisdorf, photographer and film maker from Bethesda, Maryland, writes of her experience of filming in Richmond, Virginia: "On location to film for an upcoming web short on Hope in the Cities I traveled from the University of Richmond in the west end to the Fulton community in the east and south over the James River along Hull Street."
The value of reconciliation
Tornadoes touching down in nearby neighborhoods did not deter participants in the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation's fourth annual national symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "Race and poverty is the civil rights issue, the reconciliation issue, the justice challenge of the twenty-first century," said Peter Edelman in his keynote address.
Changing hearts and minds
More than 70 Americans from 12 states are expected to attend the Healing History: Overcoming Racism, Seeking Equity, Building Community conference in Caux, Switzerland. The US group will exchange experiences with many others from regions across the globe where unhealed racial history and discrimination are obstacles to building healthy communities.
Moving from polemics to dialogue
The DC Interfaith Network had an opportunity to hear from Hal Saunders, distinguished diplomat and founder of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, who talked about how to bring the human face to dialogue and move past polemics to true analysis and problem solving.
Shaken out of one's comfort zone
In Juba, we woke to the steady hum of a generator, the slow sweeping of a brush cleaning the patio of our small hotel and the chatter of Al Jazeera TV from that same patio. We had been invited to take part in an April conference in Juba that was to start a five-year journey of healing and reconciliation in South Sudan.
Hope in the Cities Council
Anjum A. Ali
Elnora H. Allen
Edward L. Ayers
Joel A. Blum
Donald T. Cowles
Robert G. Hetherington
Walter T. Kenney
J. L. McHale III
Frank F. Mountcastle, Jr.
James D. Rorrer
Adria L. Scharf
Andrew C. Schoeneman
J.F. Williams III
Vanessa Womack Easter
Davis N. Wrinkle
Something is stirring in Memphis
Something is stirring in Memphis. Dr. Omnia Marzouk, president of IofC’s International Association, traveled to the United States in early April to attend the Church Health Center of Memphis’ Healthy Communities, Communities of Faith conference.