Challenging Militarism

Iran - call for UK to act to reduce tensions and commit to nuclear disarmament

Following the meeting of Northern Friends Peace Board last weekend, the text below was sent by email today to the Foreign Secretary

Dear Jeremy Hunt,

Meeting in Carlisle: local to international perspectives

On 15 June NFPB members met in Carlisle for their second meeting of 2019. Twenty-seven Friends attended, with a number of local Friends – who made us very welcome – being amongst them.

War School screening: Manchester

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

at 18:00 – Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, M2 5NS https://www.facebook.com/events/585739001911240/ | About the film: https://www.war.school/test

War School screening: Edinburgh

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-night-war-school-the-battle-for-brit... | 18:30 – 21:00 BST | Grassmarket Picturehouse, Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row,
Edinburgh EH1 2QA | About the film: https://www.war.school/test

War School screening: Hexham

Saturday, June 15, 2019

St Mary’s RC Church, Battle Hill, Hexham NE46 2EB, part of the Hexham Debates (https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com) https://www.facebook.com/events/415205352598780/ | About the film: https://www.war.school/test

War School screening: Llandudno

Saturday, June 8, 2019

St John’s Church, 53-55 Mostyn Street, Llandudno, Gwynedd LL30 2NN, 6pm, organised by Conwy County Peace Group https://www.facebook.com/events/2285038475147454/ About the film: https://www.war.school/test

Workshops

We are offering workshops for Quaker and other groups
• to provide encouragement and support
• for people to learn from one another
• to explore and to develop ideas for action.

Building Peace Together

These workshops aim to support people in working together for peace, building on resources that we have in our communities. How do we include and engage with a wider audience in our peace action and witness? How can dialogue and constructive exploration of difference be part of our work for positive change? The workshop is about making space for hope, for listening and transformation in our action for peace.

Rethinking security – ideas to action

What is security? Where does it come from? Does my security provide you with security? Indeed, does security secure peace? What are the implications for building peace through non-military means, from local to international levels?
This workshop will look at security and insecurity both from the experiences of participants and their communities, as well as from some of the ideas that a range of individuals and groups have developed in recent years. The workshop will provide space to reenvision what security means and consider the practical opportunities and challenges arising from this.

Engaging with the media – changing the narrative for peace

What is the role of news and other media in reflecting and shaping attitudes to peace? This workshop will explore different aspects of engaging with news and other media on peace concerns. It will be a chance to reflect on the change of narrative that is needed and to explore practical ways the skills and approaches that might be used to this end.

Productive conversations on difficult issues

Speaking truth to those known to have very different perceptions than ours is difficult. However if we never do speak honestly there always will be a gulf between us.
This workshop draws on one that we first offered to look at the UK’s nuclear weapons system, Trident. It will be a time to consider and try out the skills of listening, questioning, sharing information and other approaches to making conversations on difficult and contested issues more productive.

Our workshops

We have created a general framework for each of the four workshops listed here but will plan the content with particular areas of concern, interest and need in mind as appropriate. The aim is to provide support to Quakers and others in reflecting and taking action for peace.
Workshops will be facilitated by voluntary members and paid staff of Northern Friends Peace Board, for between 12 and 25 participants. Our priority is to run workshops in the North of Britain.
We envisage that these will typically take place on a Saturday, in a Quaker Meeting House or similar venue. We are happy to discuss other timings and even other themes.
We suggest a donation of £100 from the hosting group to cover some of our costs, but please contact us if finance is an issue

Please contact the Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB) Coordinator, Philip Austin, via the details on our home page if you would be interested in inviting us to do a workshop.

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Independence from America event at Menwith Hill

Thursday, July 4, 2019

4pm- 7.30pm

Peace round-up

Our ‘Peace Round-up’ is an occasional newsletter consisting of links to web-based news and other items on issues relating to NFPB’s concerns. Publishing these does not imply endorsement but we hope the newsletter will be of interest. We include the last three issues here.

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

Please contact us if you would like to receive these by email

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International Conscientious Objectors Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Events in Manchester , Oldham , Bradford , Edinburgh , Carlisle (Silent vigil at the CO Memorial, Hardwick Circus, 6.00-6.30pm)

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