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NFPB joins with others in calling on the new PM to prioritise peace

As Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, members of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations have written an open letter calling for the new government to work to ensure a peaceful resolution to the current tensions with Iran as well as seeking security throughout the United Kingdom as Brexit discussions continue.

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.

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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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 four issues here.

June 2019

July 2019

August 2019

October 2019

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

Human rights in China: Discourse, diplomacy and defensive nationalism.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Robert Weatherley – Affiliated Lecturer in Chinese Politics and Modern History at the University of Cambridge.
https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com
The debates are on Saturdays from 11.00am to 12.30pm with tea and coffee to follow
at The St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s R C Church
Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB

Religious Economics: Can Islam offer anything to Britain?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Yahya Barry – Founder and director of the Olive Tree Madrasah, Edinburgh.
https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com
The debates are on Saturdays from 11.00am to 12.30pm with tea and coffee to follow
at The St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s R C Church
Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB

Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy

Monday, February 18, 2019

.Sara Bryson – Community Organiser for Tyne and Wear Citizens
https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com
The debates are on Saturdays from 11.00am to 12.30pm with tea and coffee to follow
at The St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s R C Church
Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB

Prevention of Gender-based Violence and Abuse

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Laura Seebohm – Director for North East based charity Changing Lives
https://hexhamdebates.wordpress.com
The debates are on Saturdays from 11.00am to 12.30pm with tea and coffee to follow
at The St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s R C Church
Hencotes, Hexham, NE46 2EB

Towards a Quaker response to Israel and Palestine

Monday, May 13, 2019 to Wednesday, May 15, 2019

In this course – at Woodbrooke – participants will explore together the roots of the conflict. and the role of cross-border initiatives such as the Parents’ Circle Families Forum. We will ask what other steps might be acceptable to many Palestinians and Israelis.
https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/towards-a-quaker-response-to-israel-a...

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