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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.

What shape is your bridge in?

“If you describe yourself as a bridgebuilder, what shape is your bridge in?” This question was posed by Chris Breitenberg, a US member of the international council of Initiatives of Change (IofC), at the start of the 2014 Indzaba. The theme of “bridging the gaps” ran throughout the weekend forum.

"The crowning experience of my life"

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), African American educator, founder of Bethune Cookman University, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and adviser to five presidents of the United States, felt her encounter with Moral Re-Armament (now Initiatives of Change) in 1954 was so important that she wanted it to be recorded at her gravesite.

In England, at least

As an English person visiting the United States for the first time in 25 years, I am conscious that there is a lot of history between our two nations – some good and some not so good. A sense of history is important. It defines to a large extent who we are today. When we forget our place in history, we can easily be unreal about ourselves.

Trust and integrity in the global economy

Michael Smith is Head of Business Programs at Initiatives of Change in the UK and the author of "Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy." He is visiting the US to meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs who are committed to responsible business practices and building healthy communities.This article is reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Investing with sustainability in mind

Daniya Baisubanova (CSP 2007) from Kyrgyzstan, recently attended a forum in Washington, DC, on socially responsible investing (SRI) and the parallels with Islamic finance. She writes: "Peacebuilders and socially responsible business people can become allies and co-operate towards a common goal."

Weaving a community of change

Rob Corcoran joined 70 people from 11 countries of the Americas and Caribbean for the 2014 "Encuentro" in Colombia. He writes: "Over the past six months I have been part of a coordination team with friends in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Canada, linked by email and Skype. It has been a great experience, overcoming barriers of distance, language and culture."

Alguma coisa está se movimentando em Memphis

Alex Wise, diretor de promoção e gestão para o Centro de Saúde da Igreja em Memphis, Tennessee, e presidente do Conselho de IdeM - EUA, recebeu recentemente a Dra. Omnia Marzouk, presidente da Associação Internacional de IdeM em Memphis. 

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?