Peace-building in the 21st Century – join people from across the capital on Monday 15 September at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Download the flyer and register online.
From the crises in the Middle East, to reducing conflict in our homes and streets, this timely conference engages scholars, experts, faith and community leaders to discuss the limits and challenges of grassroots peace endeavours, learn peace-building skills, and explore conceptual frameworks governing peace and dialogue.
Here is an opportunity to listen to participants from different religious and cultural traditions, contribute our own insights and experience, refresh our conflict transformation skills, understand the hopes and fears of communities here and overseas, and take an active part in workshops and panel discussions.
Workshops include: Conflict Resilience, Dialogue Skills, Advancing Peace through the Arts, Hostage Negotiations.
Panels include: Peace versus War, Grassroots Peace-building, Conflicts in the Middle East, Peace or Appeasement?
The Muslim-Jewish arts group MUJU will be showing us their latest work on the theme of peace and Sikh students will be singing at lunchtime. The Christian Muslim Forum, the Faith-based Regeneration Network and many others will be participating.
Lord Michael Bates, on his Walk4Peace to Berlin, acknowledging the anniversary of WWI and raising funds for child victims of war and conflict, has sent an encouraging message. “It is all too easy to look around the world and get depressed about the cause of peace, but it is said it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness: that is exactly what London Peace Network are seeking to do and I applaud them for it and would encourage all those who care about peace to join in.”
Register online now – your contribution of £15 (£5 students/pensioners/concessions) will help cover costs and includes lunch. St Ethelburga’s is a beautiful and poignant venue but space is limited, so book ahead if you plan to attend. The full programme will be available next week.