On the Centenary of the First World War: Remembering, learning and transforming

4th Aug 2014 - 17:14 -- Justine Huxley

Andrea Paul and Sanat Misra write:

Today marks the centenary of the First World War. On the 4th of August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany after the latter rejected an ultimatum to leave Belgium by midnight on Monday (August 3rd).  The war was expected to be a short affair, “over by Christmas”, and thousands of British men had volunteered to fight. But, after 20,000 deaths in the first two weeks, expectations had to be revised. 

Peaceworker year: Finishing up

31st Jul 2014 - 09:53 -- Angharad Thain

It is somewhat surreal sitting in a café in North London writing this last journal letter about an incredible year. It seems about five years ago we were sitting in Woodbrooke during our induction last August, and yet it could also be five minutes. This letter contains reflections on my experiences, emerging thoughts about the nature of peace and my next steps over the coming year!

Keepsakes, who knows where they can take us!

17th Jun 2014 - 16:22 -- Justine Huxley

Sara Yasmin Anwar writes: "Being a centre that is open to the public means that no two days are ever the same as you never know who could walk through the doors.  Today was no exception.  We were visited by two older men who had travelled from outside of London just to visit the centre and not just because it’s the oldest standing holy relic in London but because  Jolyon, one of the visitors, had a special connection to the centre he was christened here, back in 1947!


Finding the Sacred, everywhere. Reflections on a journey

16th Apr 2014 - 18:35 -- Justine Huxley

Viviana Esse writes: 

“Dear friends, after 9 months journeying together both as a team and as an Action Learning Group (ALG), our Re-imagining the Sacred series was drawn to a close. Only temporarily though, as from September we shall come back with a second season.  Meanwhile, some of the amazing people who contributed so greatly to our ALG have gifted us with some testimonials about the deeper meaning of the journey, and have shared how reconnecting with the sacred so actively has changed their everyday life. 

From Conflict to Creative Conversation: reflections on fields of dialogue and The Pause

25th Feb 2014 - 13:42 -- Angharad Thain

St Ethelburga’s was delighted to welcome Sarah Rozenthuler, psychologist, consultant and author of Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies for talking about what matters most to deliver a one-day workshop on how we can move from points of conflict to creative, and potentially transformative, conversations.

Christian Muslim Forum: Conflict Resilience goes interfaith

25th Feb 2014 - 13:35 -- Angharad Thain

On January 20th, the Conflict Resilience Programme started a new phase. This workshop, in conjunction with our friends at the Christian Muslim Forum was our first interfaith workshop of the programme, sharing faith practices and principles across faiths, not solely within a single faith community. This decision to focus on an interfaith direction is based on the belief that this can forge different connections and creates conversations in new ways.