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.”

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Rajmohan Gandi, Brenda Jones and Sylvester Turner

What would be Martin Luther King, Jr.'s response to the violent extremism manifested in our world today? He would not point the finger at individuals, regions, nations and their leaders.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Rajmohan Gandhi at CSP-AP fundraiser

"If all people are not my people, then I contribute to violence: this is the primary conclusion I draw from the thoughts of Gandhi, Mandela, and King." Rajmohan Gandhi, journalist and author, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was speaking at a fundraising event in Washington, DC, for the Caux Scholars Program in India.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Syrian Refugees

With refugees pouring into Europe by the tens of thousands, our attitude to this ‘crisis’ may not be everything. But if we don’t unmuddle the thinking in our heads, the consequences could be catastrophic – for them and for us. As Europeans we need to reboot our brains, shedding the notion that these people are a threat, and coming to see them as a gift instead.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Debbie & Kenny Robison

Debbie Robison who has served as Assistant Treasurer and Accountant for Initiatives of Change for 18 years writes, "When I heard about Initiatives of Change for the first time I was intrigued to encounter a group of people whose founding principles were very much in line with those that I was striving to live by in my daily life."

Friday, August 21, 2015
Dr. Margaret Smith

"In times of rapid social and political change, we are even more aware than in times of stasis that written history and living memory are the containers for wounds of the past, for political outlooks and national identity, for our understanding of others and for our understanding of ourselves. History and social narratives cannot be separated from politics and power structures. They also help us make meaning of events in our personal lives." A Caux Lecture given on July 18 by Dr. Margaret Smith of American University.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
José Carlos Vargas

"In Mexico there is a common belief that we are a society where economic disparities and classism exist, but we do not acknowledge the presence of racism in our culture. Yet in every advertisement, in every TV program, and in the majority of universities, companies and government entities, middle or top officials featured are white, or have a fair skin tone," writes Jose Carlos Vargas (CSP 2005) whose work focuses on social inclusion in Mexico.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Dr. Carl Stauffer

"On the heels of the tragic AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, the subject of forgiveness has once again been thrust into the public domain of race relations in the United States. And once again, a rigorous debate has been launched around the merits and demerits of forgiveness with those who praise this pubic display of mercy and those calling it a shameful miscarriage of justice," writes Dr. Carl Stauffer, Academic Director of the Caux Scholars Program.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis, one of the 2015 class of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, is an activist, urban gardener and promoter of a green movement to bring healthy living to African American communities. He writes here about his experience: "The most important learning experience I took from the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship was the emphasis on the difference between facilitation and teaching. So many times we see a top-down model of community activism and engagement."