January 10-14, Making Democracy Real conference, Asia Plateau, India - Learning from democracy's journey - a dialogue. For more information and invitation

February 14-19, The 14th "Encuentro of the Americas," Bogota, Colombia. The theme of this gathering is "Weaving a community of change in the Americas." For more information and invitation.

February 25, 6:00-8:00 pm - DC Interfaith Network with the SAIS Middle East Studies Program - "Islamic Finance and Socially Responsible Investing — what we can learn from each other." Hear from Joshua Brockwell, Ambereen Mirza and Jeremy Pearce who have extensive experience in the field of socially responsible investenting. Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Room tba), 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036. For more information call 202-872-9077  Event flier

April 4-6, "Indzaba" - This is a Swahili word for an important community gathering. The purpose of our April 2014 "Indzaba" is to build relationships and cooperatively address the needs of the community. We hope that you will join us for this iofC national gathering for a time of connection and direction this spring! Location: Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA. For more information and to register.

April 10, 6:00-8:00 pm - The Caux Scholars Program hosts an event at the National Press Club, Washington, DC.  "Can children help kick out corruption?" A conversation on efforts to do just that in Liberia with Robtel Neajai Pailey (CSP 2003) a Liberian writer and PhD researcher at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Also joining her is Seren Fryatt, executive director L.A.C.E.S. - Life and Change Experienced through Sports that is working on kicking-out corruption in Liberia through the power of sports. Location: 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045. Cost: $10. For more information, call Kathy Aquilina at 202-872-9077.  Light refreshments will be served. 

May 8, 6:30-9:00 pm, A Triangle of Non-Violence: Gandhi, King and Mandela, Washington, DC. This event is part of a series on peacebuilding, community building, and nonviolence. Approaches To Conflict: A Workshop with Dr. Carl Stauffer, assistant professor of development and justice studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, VA and academic director of the Caux Scholar's Program. Location: Busboys and Poets (5th & K Street, North West) | Program Fee $20.00 ($15 early bird by May 1) Sponsored by the 911 Unity group and Initiatives of Change USA. To register.

July 20 - August 16, Caux Scholars Program, Caux, Switzerland. A multi-disciplinary approach to conflict transformation,transitional justice, and principled leadership. Twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held each summer at the IofC conference center in Switzerland. For more information

September 16, The Amazing Raise 5 K - This event in Richmond, VA, is a true celebration of our community as it kicks off GiveRichmond’s 4th Annual Amazing Raise Giving Challenge. Email us to join our team!

September 17-18, The Amazing Raise - a 36-hour online community fundraising challenge in Richmond, VA. Support Hope in the Cities by donating between 6:00 am, September 17 and 6:00 pm September 18. For more information

September 22, 7:00 pm, Rajmohan Gandhi will speak at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. This forum is presented by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Rajmohan Gandhi, historian, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will speak on Popular movements and the popular vote in today's India. The lecture will be preceded by a panel discussion at 5:30 pm. Both are free and open to the public. Location: VCU Student Commons, 907 Floyd Avenue, 2nd floor, Commonwealth Ballroom, Richmond, VA 23219. For more information

October 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, "Chocolate City" - a community screening and conversation, Washington, DC. This film by Ellie Walton explores the rapid gentrification of Washington through the eyes of a group of local women who are fighting to return to their neighborhood. The showing will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 pm. Location: WeWork Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S Street, NW, Washington, DC.

October 7, 12:00-2:00 pm, "Building a healthier future for all" - the first in a new series of Community Trustbuilding Forums, Richmond, VA. Dr. David Williams, the Norman Professor of Public Health and African American Studies at Harvard University, is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on health. At this forum Dr. Williams will engage with a panel from the Richmond health community. Location: Richmond Times-Dispatch, 300 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219. For more information

October 17-19,  "Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader" - the first of five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship. This unique program for a class of 25 community leaders increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics. For more information

Catalysts of change: becoming an authentic leader

November 5, 6:30-8:30 pm - "Waking in Oak Creek" - a community screening and conversation in Washington, DC, hosted by IofC, in partnership with DC Interfaith Network. A community in Wisconsin is rocked by hate after the tragic attack on a Sikh temple but is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism. Location: Shaw Public Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information.

November 21-23, "Healing history: creating a new narrative for communities"  - the second of five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship. For more information.

November 25, 6:00-9:00 pm, "How to negotiate difficult conversation and avoid indigestion!" A workshop in Washington, DC, with Dr. Carl Stauffer from Eastern Mennonite University and Academic Director of the Caux Scholars Program. When we gather around the holiday table and we’re face to face with family members who we know hold views different from our own, how can we get to pumpkin pie without choking on the same old arguments? Workshop attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how our communication styles impact our conflict transformation skills as well as contribute to our ability to engage in social diplomacy. Location: Shaw Public Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. For more information

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