Peace Conference photos

Peace Conference photos

PeaceConf_57Enjoy the pictures of workshops, speakers, panels and lunch in the garden!  Peace-building in the 21st Century at St Ethelburga’s Centre, with The Cordoba Foundation, London Peace Network and Faith-based Regeneration Network.

View a short video of highlights here.

90 peace-builders gather in London!

90 peace-builders gather in London!

Group photo

Holding our #PeaceDay messages at St Ethelburga’s on Monday

Over 90 people from many different religions and convictions came together on Monday 15 September at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

There were experiential and skills-based workshops, panel discussions on hot topics, a world première screening of a new MUJU film, interactive sessions and singing from students of the Khalsa Secondary Academy.

The organisers (The Cordoba Foundation, London Peace Network and Faith-based Regeneration Network) proposed a statement of practical intent and commitment to peace-building in the 21st century:

We recognise that peace is not just an absence of conflict but is about building a world where all can flourish without fear. 

We know that fear and violence prosper in a world of ignorance and mistrust where we demonise the ‘other’ and mistakenly elevate ourselves as superior; whether that is across nations and peoples, in our streets and communities, or even in our own homes.

Disputes exist, injustice exists, exploitation exists – we know that these things are real in the world and words alone cannot solve these problems. 

But, coming together today, we dedicate ourselves to find peaceful ways to pursue justice, to stand up and be active, and to use our joint energies and influence for creative and not destructive outcomes.

More pictures from the event can be found here and a press release here.  Download the welcome pack here.

Make your own #PeaceDay message and post it on our Facebook page!  Download the A4 sheet here.

Peace Conference 15 September – programme

Peace Conference 15 September – programme

St Ethelburga's garden

Putting the finishing touches to the programme on Wednesday – Bessie White (Quakers), Abdullah Faliq (The Cordoba Foundation), Catriona Robertson (London Boroughs Faiths Network), Dr Shuja Shafi (Muslim Council of Britain), Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi (Majlis e Ulama Europe), Cate Tuitt (Justice & Peace Commissioner, RCDOW), Fatima Adamou and Julian Bond (Christian Muslim Forum) and Angharad Thain (St Ethelburga’s), with Steve Miller (Faith-based Regeneration Network, David Wardrop (United Nations Association, Westminster) and Aliya Azam (Al Khoei Foundation) with us in spirit.

A brilliant line-up of speakers, a new drama from MUJU, engaging workshops and a chance to meet people from across London who want to see a just and peaceful world.

Download a summary programme of Peace-building in the 21st Century here.

If you haven’t booked yet, hurry!   There are a few places left – book here.

Jewish, Muslim, Quaker & Christian peace builders on Premier Christian Radio

Jewish, Muslim, Quaker & Christian peace builders on Premier Christian Radio

The Inspirational Breakfast team at Premier Christian Radio.

“Inspirational Breakfast” team at Premier Christian Radio

Listen up!

“I am a peace activist!”  Julian Bond of the Christian Muslim Forum kicked us off this morning at 7.30am – listen here at 30 minutes into the broadcast.

London Peace Network members from Jewish, Muslim, Quaker and Christian traditions are each broadcasting a Thought of the Day on Premier Christian Radio on (find them on 222.06 DAB) this week.

Steve Miller, Chris Bryant (Premier Radio), Julian Bond, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi and Bessie White in the recording studio.

Steve Miller, Chris Bryant (Premier Radio), Julian Bond, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi and Bessie White in the recording studio.

You’ll hear Steve Miller, Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi and Bessie White at 7.30am over the next few days, and Julian will finish the series on Friday morning.

Tune in each morning!

Peace-building in the 21st Century | London 15 September

Peace-building in the 21st Century | London 15 September

A5_Peace-Conference-FinalAgainst a harrowing backdrop of international news, and concerns here in the UK, people from different backgrounds and traditions are gathering on Monday 15th September for a peace conference.

Here is an opportunity to engage with a wide range of experts and practitioners, contribute your own insights and experience, refresh your conflict transformation skills, understand the hopes and fears of communities here and overseas and take an active part in workshops and panel discussions.

The Muslim-Jewish arts group MUJU will be with us, showing us their latest work.

Workshops include: Conflict Resilience, Dialogue Skills, Advancing Peace through the Arts, Hostage Negotiations.

Panels include: Peace v War, Grassroots Peace-building, Conflicts in the Middle East, Peace or Appeasement?

Register now – your contribution of £15/£5 will help cover costs & includes lunch at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG.  St Ethelburga’s is a beautiful & poignant venue but there is limited space, so register soon if you plan to attend.

Download the flyer and pass on the invitation to your friends, colleagues and networks.

More information from The Cordoba Foundation 020 8991 3372, the London Peace Network 07903 682 142 or the Faith-based Regeneration Network 020 7840 0138.

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!”

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.