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.
Chris Walker writes:
Viviana Esse writes:
"At last, after months of preparation our brand new series “Re-imagining the Sacred” has been launched here at St Ethelburga’s!
Our first public talk on “Defining the Sacred” saw our guest speakers engage in an enriching and insightful conversation about their own experience and perception of it.
Beyond the stark logic of the mind, beyond cultural and religious containers, Paul Kingsnorth first, followed by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg tried to get to the core essence of this precious dimension, so often unknown to our materialistic society.
I’m Angharad, just arrived at the Centre on secondment from Quaker Peace and Social Witness in my capacity as UK Peaceworker working for St. Ethelburga’s as Project Coordinator for the Faith-based Conflict Resilience Programme for 12 months. I completed my first degree in History and recently finished my MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. During my degree I focused on British, Imperial and Gender History, as well as the role of women in Third Party politics in Britain.
On the morning of 20th September 2013, St Ethelburga’s was excited to open its tent doors once again for a more intimate workshop in the Faith-based Conflict Resilience Programme series, leading on from the public event held in the centre in June. 20 participants gathered in the tent to discuss conflict resilience and what that can mean from a personal and faith community perspective.