Throughout the weekend, attendees reflected on their own individual journey’s with IofC UK, remembered members of the Fellowship who have sadly passed in recent years, and drew on an inspiring keynote speech delivered by Rajmohan Gandhi; author, activist and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The keynote address was a beautiful reminder to the work of the past and for attendees joining for the very first time a chance to be ignited. Rajmohan’s speech deeply resonated with members of the fellowship who have all dedicated their lives to the betterment of global society through various initiatives, from resolving issues in the fields of Sustainability, to helping rebuild areas which have endured persistent, ongoing conflict.
The Fellowship Weekend was defined by the expansive and unique Fellowship of peace builders and change-makers that IofC has curated throughout years. Guests of the fellowship had the opportunity to listen to those who are active in the IofC network and to hear about the incredible work that they are facilitating and simultaneously innovating.
Initiatives of Change UK would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped organise the Fellowship Weekend and all of those who attended from all parts of the world.
Ignacio Packer, Executive Director of IofC Switzerland interviewing Amina Dikedi, former President of Creators of Peace International.
Missenden Abbey's Library was used as a seating area for members of our Fellowship to connect throughout the weekend.
Margaret Cosens, IofC UK Chair of Trustees, opening the weekend with an inspiring speech, centred on the importance of the weekend to Remember, Refresh and Reignite IofC UK's Fellowship.
Cecelia Salvati, Refugees as Re-Builders Intern contributing to the weekend's event.
The beautiful grounds at Missenden Abbey provided attendees with settings to be introspective and think about how to best utilise the weekend and interact with this year's theme; Remember, Refresh and Reignite.
Peter Rundell, Executive Member of Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, enjoying a night of Scottish Ceilidh Dancing.
Margaret Cosens, Chair of Trustees for IofC UK (left), Trudy Lister, Head of Communications for IofC UK (middle) and Elizabeth Laskar, Fellowship Weekend Coordinator, IofC UK.
Guests gathered in the marquee to listen to key speakers throughout the weekend.
Initiatives of Change's European Team was able to come together and meet prior to the Fellowship Weekend, before staying on to enjoy the weekend!
'We think hate is the enemy, but it it is fear.' Su Riddell stands underneath a banner cross-stitched in a workshop held over the Fellowship Weekend.
Krish Raval interviewed Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi during our keynote event of the weekend.
Letlapa Mphahlele joined us, travelling all the way from South Africa!
Howard Grace, a longstanding member of the Fellowhip.
Nils Finken (left) with Usha Gandhi (right), and Judith Henderson.
Dr Muna Ismail, Programme Manger for Refugees as Re-Builders getting a book signed by Rajmohan Gandhi.