By Amrita Bhohi
Community Reconciliation: a collaborative inquiry was a great opportunity to bring together those in our networks and further afield who are passionate about peacebuilding in their communities and lives, and are looking to learn from others with a similar vision for the future of our society.
Thanks to Wendy Reif for this blog on Mudibu's recent album launch at the Centre, in conjunction with Celebrate Life Events.
In the heart of London’s business district, surrounded by gleaming sky scrapers and noisy machines creating new additions to the already crowded skyline, is a secret gem of calm and medieval beauty. This is St Ethelburga’s, London’s Centre of Reconciliation and Peace, and on a warm July evening a crowd is starting to gather in the flower-filled courtyard to attend a special event dedicated to peace and peacemakers past and present.
Saturday 11 July 2015. Photo by Catherine. Text by Meg.
… And that’s a wrap!
Many thanks to Catherine at St Ethelburga’s, whose final ‘Listen to the World’ gig for the summer, sizzled resplendently! (The autumn season starts back up on Saturday 26 September 2015.)
In recent weeks, St Ethelburga’s has hosted two events involving Rodeemos el Diálogo (ReD): a conference exploring the place of forgiveness in contemporary Colombian society, and a concert as part of the centre’s Listen to the World series. Both events, in different ways were uplifting and showcased the best of Colombia.
As someone who was raised in Northern Ireland for 15 years, I have been following this week’s royal visit to the Republic with particularly close attention, interest and hope. The blog below is written with an awareness that perspectives remain diverse, and often fraught on the numerous, complex and often harrowing issues of Northern Ireland, the Republic and Britain’s involvement with both. I see this week as an optimistic sign of public reconciliation, with a caution that there remains much work to be done.
Two weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of attending Teya Sepinuck’s first two-day Theatre of Witness training workshop in the UK. She was in the country for a limited time, and introduced the philosophy and some films of her theatre work during an evening presentation at St Ethelburga’s.
Our recent interfaith festival in association with Shinyo-en recieved coverage in the Jewish News!
"With the young adults developing positive friendships across different faith communities, their passion and energy has been palpable – all culminating in an impressive festival that took place on Sunday, attended by more than 100 members of the public!
Regardless of what faith background you come from Friends for Change is open to all young adults, providing the opportunity to nurture leadership qualities to bring about future action."
St Ethelburgas has been working to support Rodeemos el Dialogo (surrounding the dialogues), a small and committed organisation working to raise awareness about the power of dialogue in the Colombian peace process. The group are based in both the UK and in Colombia. You can find more information about ReD on their website.
What’s the most exciting experience you’ve had collaborating across differences in faith, culture, and ideology? Have you ever entered into collaborative relationships and been truly surprised by the result? What enabled those experiences to happen?