Commentaries

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Joshua Ballew

Shortly after arriving in Richmond, VA, my wife and I applied for the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship as newlyweds. I was eager to learn how I could play a role in what I saw as a great need for constructive dialogue in society.

Monday, July 18, 2016
Andrew Trotter

What ID do you carry? I am not asking about government identification but about “identity”--which has become an urgent topic in Europe and the United States as people respond to divisive and often violent events.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Jake Hershman

There are moments when words miserably fail to express our emotions. When we observe or experience something that shakes us at a deeper level than we typically allow ourselves to go. It is not a comfortable place.

Friday, July 8, 2016
Barry Hart

Dr. Barry Hart is a member of the International Council of Initiatives of Change and for fourteen years was the academic director of the Caux Scholars program.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Marie Goumballa

Marie Diop Goumballa is the Project Associate for the "Shoulder to Shoulder Syrian Refugee Project."

Friday, May 13, 2016
Cricket White

More than fifty people gathered to celebrate Cricket White who is retiring from full-time work with Initiatives of Change. She has also written some reflections.​

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Qesarah Spencer

"I'm a Richmond native, born and raised on the Northside. As soon as I was able, I moved away for about ten years," writes Qesarah Spencer, a graduate of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

Friday, March 4, 2016
Cricket White

Cricket White, Director of Education & Training for Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change, reflects on the power of sacred stories in the process of healing history.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Beverly Almond

Michael Henderson reviews Anne Hamlin’s book about her mother, Beverly Almond. In 1941, after the United States was attacked, Beverly sought adventure and went to Washington DC, wanting to do something for the war effort.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Carl Staufer

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily.” We as the white community have sanitized and sterilized King’s historical message in order to stay in our status quo comfort zone.”

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