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!
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.
The furore over proposed “amnesty” for ex-paramilitaries in Northern Ireland illustrates the tough dilemmas of sustaining peace. The needs of the estimated 40,000 victims and survivors for truth and justice have to be weighed against the realpolitik of keeping the hard men on board.
Amrita Bhohi, our new Project Co-ordinator for the City Forum writes:
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.