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.
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.
Viviana Esse writes - “Another appointment, another amazing theme for our “Re-imagining the Sacred” series, which marks our 4th public talk.
This time our guests took us through a journey focused around the theme of the sacred within education, where we were introduced to a new concept of ‘person’ and their role in society.
We were also introduced to alternatives to mainstream education that are emerging and that are being offered by some communities to support a holistic development of human beings, where every aspect of an individual’s nature is taken into account.
The last Conflict Resilience workshop of 2013 was the most successful and well-attended workshop in the programme to date. The tent was packed with eager faces wanting to get practical about conflict resilience, what this involves in a current setting, and which tools can help on the journey to achieving it within faith communities.
It is hard to believe that just two months ago we all gathered nervously and excitedly at Friends House to begin our Peaceworker training and to start a new and exciting phase of our lives. While we had an awareness that is was going to be a challenging, eye-opening and very formative year, it still shocks me how quickly the time has gone and how much has happened since!
As I write this blog, I’m cruising 9,000 feet above the huge snowy mountain ranges of China, on my way back from my first ever visit to Japan.
Chris Walker writes:
Matt Hiorns and Tim Landsman write
"Friday Oct 11th:
Today the second City Forum was hosted at St Ethelburga’s peace and reconciliation centre, situated at the heart of the City of London. Following on from the initial forum that took place on 13th September a number nearing 20 sheltered from the British autumnal rain in the circular tent, once again proving to be an excellent space in which to bring in thoughts and ideas from all who were present.
At the start of this week, St Ethelburga’s welcomed the beginning of the Conflict Coaching training programme held over two days, with a follow-up day in November. This training is geared at anyone dealing with personal or workplace conflict, well-being professionals, practitioners in the field of conflict and mediation, those active as coaches or counsellors, or anyone generally interested in exploring the challenges that conflict poses, and how to face these constructively.
Viviana Esse writes
“Close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Now go back to the most significant meal you've had in your life. It needn't be a big one, nor opulent. Remember the gratitude you felt for this food.