Talking Peace Festival 8 September – 3 October

Talking Peace Festival 8 September – 3 October

From our friends at International Alert – the expanding Talking Peace Festival this year . . .

tpf pink hash date“The Talking Peace Festival is a series of events taking place this autumn around International Peace Day on 21 September.

Using the universal language of creativity, the festival will illustrate the importance of dialogue in resolving conflicts in venues across London. Join us for talks, comedy, art, food, photography and more!

The full programme will be announced later in August, but here is a flavour of what to expect:

  • Launch party, Shoreditch Village Hall, 8 September (RSVP here)
  • Peace Booth, Old Street underground station, 8-14 September
    Strike a pose for peace in our Peace Photo Booth and enjoy live art demonstrations as part of our #Art4peace campaign. Free.
  • #Art4peace campaign, various locations throughout September. Talented street artists unite in painting campaign for peace in spaces around East London. They will include: Benjamin Murphy, Dan Kitchener, David Walker, Faunagraphic, Fipsi Seilern (Pang), Francesca McHugh (Love Artist), Ibrahim Fakhri, Jim McElvaney, Joel Bergner, Lana Hughes (Lana Alana), Magnus Gjoen, Mr Dane, Paul Curtis (Moose), Pure Evil, Suzko and Tarek Tuma.
  • Takeover of Shoreditch Art Wall, 17-19 Great Eastern Street, 13-19 September
    Come and see this iconic Shoreditch mural transform into a giant piece of street art – for peace! Free.
  • Rwanda photo exhibition, South Bank, 17-28 September
    Photography from award-winning photojournalist Carol Allen-Storey, featuring the stories of young Rwandans, their reflections on the genocide and hopes for the future. Free.
  • Conflict Kitchen, Queen of Hoxton, 20-21 September
    A pop-up grill serving dishes from the Middle East over the weekend of International Peace Day. With recipes from renowned chefs Anissa Helou, Yotam Ottolenghi and Claudia Roden.
  • Are you Taking the Peace?, The Comedy Store, 22 September (Book tickets here)
    Our annual benefit comedy night featuring Rich Hall, Stewart Francis, Holly Walsh, Matt Rees, Daniel Simonsen, Nick Revell and Alistair Barrie (MC).
  • Various, Hoxton Gallery, 23 September-3 October
    Exhibitions, talks, workshops and more!
  • No Pressure to be Funny, The Phoenix – Cavendish Square, 28 September
    The highly acclaimed satirical panel show presents an International Alert special, chaired by LBC Radio’s James O’Brien.

For updates, follow us @TalkPeaceFest and use the hashtag #TalkingPeace to share your views!”

MUJU 48 hour Peace Lab | 24-25 August | NW London

MUJU 48 hour Peace Lab | 24-25 August | NW London

Young? Muslim? Jewish? In North West London?


The MUJU Crew bring Muslims and Jews together through a shared passion for creating art.

In this time of heightened tension MUJU aims to provide an arena for creative dialogue by hosting a two-day theatre lab in which Muslim and Jewish performers (both professionals and those with a passion for theatre/ arts) come together to explore/ question the theme of Peace, in all it’s possible meanings, through theatre.
The outcome will be a piece of theatre that will be shared on the Monday evening.
The entire weekend will be facilitated and filmed to be made into a short documentary. This will be screened at various events in the lead up to the International Day of Peace on September 21st.
WHERE: Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation, Chevening Road, London, NW6 6TN

WHEN: 10-6pm Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014.

Places are limited! If you would like to be part of this creative experience then please contact to book.
Peace-Building in the 21st Century | London Conference | 15 September

Peace-Building in the 21st Century | London Conference | 15 September

Tickets just released!  Sign up now and pass the word around for this special event at St Ethelburga’s Centre in the City of London on Monday 15 September 9.30am – 3.30pm.

group1This is a timely gathering and we have an impressive line-up of experienced people from the frontline of peace-building, who come from different religious and belief traditions.

There are skills-based & experiential workshops, panel discussions on tough topics, Muslim-Jewish theatre and a chance to voice your own concerns and hopes.

A buffet lunch is provided, with time to meet experts in the field, academics and community activists from across London with a deep involvement in peace-building, reconciliation, justice, conflict transformation and community action.

Workshop topics include

  • Conflict Resilience
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Dialogue & Conversations
  • Advancing Peace through the Creative Arts

Panel discussions include

  • Peace v War – what’s on the ascendency and why?
  • Grassroots communities and peace-building – limits, challenges & opportunities
  • Conflicts in the Middle East & North Africa
  • Peace or Appeasement – where do you draw the line?

We will benefit from the thoughts and experiences of Chani Smith (Bereaved Families Forum), Dr Shuja Shafi (Muslim Council of Britain), Lucy V Moore (Islamic Relief Worldwide), Steve Miller (Faith-based Regeneration Network), Keith Kahn-Harris (author), Imam Fadel Soliman (Bridges Foundation), Julian Bond (Christian Muslim Forum), Angharad Thain (St Ethelburga’s), Dr Anas Altikriti (The Cordoba Foundation), Rosalind Parker (Kings College London), David Wardrop (UNA Westminster) and  Aliya Azam (Al Khoei Foundation).

Lord Michael Bates, London Peace Network’s patron, who is currently on his Walk for Peace from London to Berlin, raising funds for child victims of war at Friedensdorf, has sent this 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.”

The conference is being organised by The Cordoba Foundation, the London Peace Network and the Faith-based Regeneration Network and is supported by a wide range of organisations.

Places are limited at St Ethelburga’s so book your ticket online now – £15 (£5 for concessions) for the full day of activities, including lunch – and pass the word on to friends, colleagues and networks.

Silence, prayers, action for peace in the Middle East

Silence, prayers, action for peace in the Middle East

Join us on Tuesday 5 August 4pm – 5.30pm.

The Christian Muslim Forum and St Ethelburga’s are bringing people together from all faiths and none in the Tent at St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, EC2.

“We watch the news in great distress as we see our Jewish, Christian and Muslim sisters and brothers being killed and on the receiving end of atrocities in Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt.

We aim, through various inter faith and peace initiatives, to model the way of peaceful dialogue while petitioning our leaders and politicians to use their influence and intervene constructively.

However, clicking on internet petitions and speaking out can seem like small actions or that our voices are not being heard. What can we do?”

More information here – places are limited and booking essential.  Bring a prayer or meditation with you if you wish.

Update: the Tent was packed to capacity -view photos here.

Peace conference in London: 15 September

Peace conference in London: 15 September

Heads up on a timely event on Monday 15 September – a peace-building conference at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London to mark the UN International Day of Peace.

st ethelburga workshopPeace-Building in the 21st Century: Celebrating Achievements and Hopes, Confronting Real Issues

  • skills-based workshops
  • tackling conflict in non-violent ways
  • panel discussions
  • hot topics of concern

Save the date – more information coming soon …

Lord Bates’ Walk for Peace 2014

Lord Bates’ Walk for Peace 2014

Lord Michael Bates sets off on his Walk for Peace on 4 August.  He is walking 1,000 miles from London to Berlin to raise funds for medical care for child victims of war.

Walk for Peace

A patron of the London Peace Network and a vigorous promoter of the Olympic Truce and non-violence, he walked from London to Olympia in 2011-12 and in aid of the children of Syria last year.

This year, his route reminds us of the horrific C20th conflicts which started in Europe and what happens when we are unable to resolve our differences without resorting to violence.

anything war can doThe walk is also raising awareness of the innocent victims of current conflict – children.

Sponsorship for the walk is going to Peace Village International, a German charity which helps children in areas of war and crisis.

Follow Lord Bates on twitter @BatesLord, keep him going with messages of goodwill and encouragement, sponsor the walk and follow his progress on his Walk for Peace blog as he starts out from Westminster Abbey on 4th August after the “lights out” ceremony – a solemn commemoration of Britain declaring war in 1914.

He arrives in Berlin on 2nd October, the UN International Day of Non-Violence.

We don’t want you here

We don’t want you here

From the Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace.  This is what they say:

“All of us are going through difficult, sensitive and emotional days. But it’s time for someone to stand up and say what is on everybody’s mind. Even though it hurts.

We invite you to watch, and if you agree with our message we invite you to share and support it. It’s important that everyone knows the truth.”

Peace flyers for 19, 20, 21 September!

Peace flyers for 19, 20, 21 September!

Peace flyers for Islamic centres, synagogues, churches and meeting houses are now ready!

Click on the images below to download the flyers.

Send links to friends, colleagues, neighbours and networks, encouraging them to open up their places of worship, inviting in neighbouring communities and visitors during peace weekend.


Flyer for Islamic centres


Flyer for synagogues and Jewish centres.


Flyer for churches, Meeting Houses and Christian centres.


We are delighted that the Quakers have added their support this year, and that Religions for Peace UK are also encouraging their members to get involved.

Islamic centres will be receiving visitors on Friday 19 September, synagogues on Saturday 20 September and churches and Meeting Houses on Sunday 21 September.

Everyone participating will be part of a world wide weekend of action for peace-making, truce, reconciliation, mediation, ceasefire and a celebration of peace-building.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact the people listed on the flyers or the London Peace Network.

Peace Pagoda Ceremony 21 June 2pm

Peace Pagoda Ceremony 21 June 2pm

Photo: Paul Gillett

Join Buddhists & friends from different traditions on Saturday June 21st 2-5pm at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, SW11 4NJ.   The 29th anniversary of the Pagoda will be celebrated with prayers for peace, devotional music and dance and will be followed by tea and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome to offer incense, flowers, candles.  Gyoro Nagase (Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order) offers prayers and serves the Pagoda on a daily basis.

A Taste of World Music | War and the World 1914

A Taste of World Music | War and the World 1914

Final-flierSt John’s Church, Waterloo, SE1, is hosting a special concert on 28 June at 7.30pm.

It is part of War and the World 1914, the Waterloo Festival’s theme this year and will be “a fantastic celebration of world cultures”.  Artists include:

Reem Kelani
Reem says, “I realised that my vocation was to present the Palestinian narrative through music to a world which struggles to admit that we even exist, let alone that we might have a distinctive and beautiful cultural identity.

Seeds of Creation

Founded by legend Seddik Zebiri, Seeds of Creation brew an excellent blend of traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, Jazz and raw Psychadelic sounds that will transport you deep into the heart of the Sahara.


Mackenzie/Bidgood are a two piece acoustic outfit specialising in Folk, Bluegrass and Shanties. They are constantly folkin’ all over London town and host the monthly Folk Sessions at The Old Red Lion, Kennington.

Download the flyer here.  More information is on the Festival’s Facebook page and tickets (£12, concessions £8) can be booked here.


Governance, Islamic law and conflict resolution

A Roundtable event to launch a research paper will take place on Monday 9 June at 6.30pm at the University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW.

Speakers include Prof John Esposito, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi, University of Westminster and the author of the paper, Imam Shafiur Rahman.

Further details from The Cordoba Foundation.

Flights for Peace across the Thames on 21 September

Flights for Peace across the Thames on 21 September

Bring friends and family to ‘fly’ across the Thames on Sunday 21 September!  Download the flyer here.

We’ll be meeting up with people from all over the capital & flying together in the beautiful gondolas – a great way to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace in style.

If you’re on twitter, the hashtag is #flights4peace, as well as the general #peaceday tag.

Many of the London Peace Network team will be flying.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Can Christianity continue to sanction war?

Can Christianity continue to sanction war?

The Rt Rev Peter Price, the former Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, preached at St Paul’s Cathedral on 11 May as part of  the series “What I want to say now.

He looks at the history of Christianity and the Constantinian compromise which ‘caused radical confusions in the relations of church and state’ .  He tells the story of Martin of Tours and asks,

What does it mean to be a human being today? How are we to live? What kind of future do we want? What are the building blocks for peace among peoples? How are we to live well, and live well together?’

He suggests three strategies: listening to the voice and place of local persons in conflict; all conflicts are local even if they have global consequences – peace building requires the recognition that each conflict is unique; not taking sides, recognising that peace building is not a soft option.

Watch the sermon on our video page here and find the full text here.


London Peace Network plans for 2014

London Peace Network plans for 2014

Planning any peace-building activities this year?

The London Peace Network team is gathering on Monday 17 February & we’re excited to hear about your ideas.

Let us know if you’d like to link up and be part of the Network’s activities this year.  Can we support you?  Could we work together?

We’ll be building on our plans so far:

  • marking the UN International Day of Peace over the weekend of 19-21 September
  • Flying for Peace across the Thames (September)
  • exchange visits and peace activities in schools & colleges
  • Peace-Skyping across the continents
  • an energetic launch event
  • bringing together our local communities to celebrate grassroots peace-building
  • practical skills workshops
  • involving our European and global networks & linking up with activities across the UK
  • promoting peace and justice activities across the capital

Find us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

24 Hours for World Peace

Here’s a new initiative to link together people across the continents who are working for justice and peace – an online vigil on Wednesday 1 January.

24 hours for world peaceThe goal is to

show the hope we hold and share for all of humanity on the first day of the New Year.”

Sign up here and download the flyer here.  The deadline is Friday 20 December, so register soon.

The London Peace Network will be posting a message and we hope you will do the same!

24 Hours for World Peace on 1st January

24 Hours for World Peace on 1st January

Here’s a new initiative to link together people across the continents who are working for justice and peace – an online vigil on Wednesday 1 January.

The goal is to

show the hope we hold and share for all of humanity on the first day of the New Year.”

Sign up here and download the flyer here.

The London Peace Network will be posting a message and we hope you will do the same!

Flights for Peace


Baha’i, Muslim and Christian women on the #Flights4Peace. (photo: Phoebe Robertson)

Londoners from many different traditions and backgrounds came together on Sunday 22nd September.

They marked the UN International Day of Peace by flying across the Thames together, taking the Emirates Airline from Greenwich to Newham.

David Wardrop, who chairs UNA Westminster (a member of the London Peace Network) and who organised the event, said

As well as prestige events, reported elsewhere, we set out to organise one which would bring together ordinary people of faith and no faith, to discover similarities and explore differences.

“Let’s get out of our comfort zones and meet people we would never normally talk to”.

Everyone who participated received a certificate.  The conversations went on well beyond the flights – into the café at Crystal on the Newham side of the river and back again to Greenwich.

You’ll find more photos in the Gallery and news of many other events on our Facebook page.

East London Mosque marks Peace Day by welcoming visitors

Here are some pictures from the London Muslim Centre and East London Mosque which marked Peace Day by inviting visitors from a wide range of religion and belief traditions.  They exchanged messages of peace and observed Friday Prayers – Salaatul-Jumu’a.

Abdullah Faliq at LMC

Abdullah Faliq of The Cordoba Foundation addressing the visitors.

Jon Dal Din at LMC

Jon Dal Din of Westminster Interfaith taking part in the discussion on peace.

Angus Ritchie at ELM

Revd Dr Angus Ritchie, Director of the Contextual Theology Centre and an Anglican priest, speaking at the event.

Dilowar at LMC

Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre speaking to visitors from across the capital.

Message of peace from Grand Mufti of Bosnia

Bosnia letterhead



Today, we perceive religion as a tissue that connects our kind on Earth. At the same time, it interprets and clarifies the meaning of our lives.

All religious teachings foster peace, because only the peace gives a chance to people to save their souls and live in harmony with each other.

The Koran teaches that one of the God’s names is the Peace-Giver and the Overseer (Koran, Al-Hasr, 23).

Monotheistic religions profess a belief in one God, who addressed the people by His word, which is preserved in the books. These books we study and interpret. The books say that God created Adam from the first substance of its existence: We created man from an extract of clay (Koran, Al Muminun, 12).

The Prophet of Islam said: You are the sons of Adam, and Adam was created from clay (Al-Tirnidhi, Sunen).

In this, seemingly simple act of creation we recognize the following: God did not create people to fight one another and shed blood of each other nor to live in such triviality and be driven by such frivolous urges.

On the occasion of September 21, the International Day of Peace we pray to God to guide us to the paths of peace and that we resort to each other in order to overcome an abyss between us.

Sarajevo, September 19th 2013          Husein ef. Kavazovic       Grand Mufti of Bosnia