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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

NFPB meeting in Leeds

Saturday, November 30, 2019

NFPB members’ meeting – other Friends welcome to attend. Contact us for details

NFPB meeting in Edinburgh

Saturday, September 28, 2019

NFPB members’ meeting – other Friends also welcome to attend. Contact us for further information

NFPB Meeting in Carlisle

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Northern Friends Peace Board members meeting. Other Friends also welcome to attend. Contact us for more information

NFPB meeting in Liverpool

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Contact us for more information. Interested Quakers in the area are all welcome to attend

NFPB in Sheffield, December 2018

NFPB members gathered in Sheffield for our last meeting of the year, being joined by a number of other Friends from the Area Meeting. On this occasion, as well as some routine business and sharing news of Friends’ peace witness across the North, Friends participated in two workshops.

1918-2018 Some reflections

Northern Friends Peace Board’s trustees gathered in worship at the beginning of November 2018 and were led to share some reflections on the centenary of the armistice.
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The peace testimony, today, is seen in what we do, severally and together, with our lives. We pray for the involvement of the Spirit with us, that we may work for a more just world. – London Yearly Meeting, 1993
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Seeds of peace and costs of war

The Meeting House in Lincoln was the venue for our late September meeting. Joined by a good number of local Friends and other visitors, NFPB members explored the nature of our peace witness. Friends who had been involved in acts of witness reported both positive and negative experiences. In Conwy, we heard, serious consideration is being given to promoting peace education and appointing a local authority Peace Champion, following witness at the Armed Forces Day national events in nearby Llandudno.

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