Events

Spirit of Peace Community Bring & Share Supper

Date: Monday 4th December 2017

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR

Starting at 7pm at the Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester, the evening promises to be an important, community building experience. Please come and join in the conversation on creating communities where all can flourish.

Our next bring and share supper will have a focus on light and darkness and how different cultures view them to reflect on the time of the year. A presentation of a bronze award will be made to some residents from the Grange Community who have completed the first year of their Peace Ambassadors training.

There is plenty of parking at the venue. Everyone is warmly invited to bring food to share, which does not contain alcohol or meat, to share.

Admission is free, however, donations are invited for the ongoing work of Spirit of Peace and our new Essence of Peace candles will be on sale.


Towards Human Flourishing

The Institute for Theological Partnerships in association with Living Spirituality Connections and Spirit of Peace

Date: Saturday 25th November

Time: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: West Downs Centre, University of Winchester

Suggested donation: £15, payable on the day

Keynote Speaker: Diarmuid O'Murchu: "Human Flourishing: A New Evolutionary Threshold"

Booking is essential: Please contact Brenda Sharp, Leader and Coordinator for Theological Partnerships at: brenda.sharp@winchester.ac.uk

In the face of growing divisions in society - politically, socially and economically, we invite you to come and explore:

  • What do human beings need to flourish?
  • How do we create a culture of human flourishing for all?
  • What is the relationship between human and planetary flourishing?

This interactive event will begin with a keynote address by Diarmuid O'Murchu. Diarmuid is a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry.

The day will include explorations and discussion in small groups covering political, ecological, psychological, and spiritual aspects, where we will explore both the personal and societal dimensions of these various aspects.

In the afternoon Professor Lisa Isherwood will give a presentation on earth flourishing. Following this there will be time for personal reflection with guiding questions, using the wonderful resources of the Cosmic Garden and Labyrinth within the University grounds.

The day will close by looking at what we need to do as individuals and communities to promote human flourishing for all. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day, please bring your own lunch.

Although this day is a stand-alone event it forms part of a wider programme at Winchester based on spiritually inspired training offered by Spirit of Peace.

About Winchester: The University of Winchester West Downs Centre is a ten-minute walk from Winchester railway station, there is also a direct bus service from the railway station.

Winchester is easily accessible by train from Gatwick Airport and around an hour from central London. Winchester is a major tourist destination in the south-east of England. Consider staying longer to see more of the city if you are able to.


Spirit of Peace Community Bring & Share Supper

How can we promote Flourishing for All?

Date: Monday 25th September 2017

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR

Starting at 7pm at the Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester, the evening promises to be an important, community building experience. Please come and join in the conversation on creating communities where all can flourish.

Members of the Spirit of Peace team will give a brief update on SoP's work and partners at home and abroad. The main focus of the evening will then be on an aspect of the Pathways for Human Flourishing programme, which is being developed.

Heather Jane Ozanne and Milly Sinclair are excited to share Spirit of Peace's ground-breaking work and research on Human Flourishing. This will be an interactive session exploring the questions such as:

  • What is Human Flourishing?
  • Can a community truly flourish at the expense of another?
  • As a group of diverse cultures and backgrounds, what are we already doing to encourage mutual flourishing in our communities in Gloucestershire?
  • What could we do practically to support this even more?

Heather-Jane, CEO of Spirit of Peace recounts, "Wherever we have presented this topic across the UK it has stimulated thoughtful discussion and actions. We are excited to be exploring this inspiring subject within the context of the Friendship Café, a place which contributes so much to the flourishing of individuals and communities in Gloucester".

We are pleased that the mock mayor of Barton, Mark Cummings, will be addressing us and lighting our peace candle.

There is plenty of parking at the venue. Everyone is warmly invited to bring food to share, which does not contain alcohol or meat, to share.

Admission is free, however, donations are invited for the ongoing work of Spirit of Peace and our new Essence of Peace candles will be on sale.


Spirit of Peace Community Bring & Share Supper

Is there really a them?

Date: Monday 22nd May 2017

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR

Starting at 7pm at the Friendship Cafe, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester, the evening promises to be an important and inspirational experience.

We are delighted to be welcoming Ben Yeger from the organisation Combatants for Peace, which brings together Israeli and Palestinian ex-combatants to work for peace.

From the prism of his personal experience Ben will address the following question: Are we separate entities or intrinsically interconnected with all things and beings? Our education encourages a sense of separation of "Us from Them" in Human-to-Human, Human to Nature and Human to Spirit relationships. But is this true?

Ben grew up in Israel with the narrative that "I have an enemy who wants me destroyed, who I must fight, to protect myself." An ex-combatant in the Israeli army, over the last 9 years Ben has been working with the 'Enemy', exploring the possibility that everything is interconnected and interdependent and that this story isn't true. There is no "Them" - only "We".

In this talk, he shares his personal story of how he came to this realization. He will also show a trailer for the film 'Disturbing the Peace' which focusses on the work of the ex-combatants. Ben Yeger is the European representative of Combatants for Peace (www.cfpeace.org) and Director of Moving Conflicts (www.movingconflicts.org). He was a TEDx speaker in Warwick in 2013: https://youtu.be/Qzvopt5gwtg

There is plenty of parking at the venue. Everyone is warmly invited to bring food to share, which does not contain alcohol or meat, to share.

Admission is free; however, donations are invited for the ongoing work of Spirit of Peace and Combatants for Peace.


INTRODUCTORY EVENT FOR 'PATHWAYS FOR HUMAN FLOURISHING' TRAINING

Working together beyond division

We offer two dates to choose from:

Date: Sunday 5th February 2017

Time: 2.30 - 5pm

Venue: Old Town Hall, High Street, Stroud GL5 1AP

Date: Tuesday 7th February 2017

Time: 6.30 - 9pm

Venue: Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR

  • How do we create a culture of peace and human flourishing in this time of social upheaval and division?
  • How do we collectively orientate ourselves towards the common good?
  • How do we become channels of justice, peace and healing in whatever circumstances we face?
  • What is mine to do? What is ours to do? How do we discover our personal and collective action?

Pathways for Human Flourishing

Pathways for Human Flourishing is a training programme developed by Spirit of Peace to support heart centred community cohesion, social engagement and action. The Pathways have been developed drawing on ancient wisdom and contemporary grassroots experience in the UK, as well as from collaboration with Spirit of Peace's partners in The Middle East.

These events will give an overview of all the pathways, as a preparation for:

  • a full training
  • tailored elements of the course that can further support and resource individuals and groups to work in the community

As this is an introduction, the event will be funded by donation to cover costs, recommended to be between £10-£15. However, we want all people to feel welcome whatever they can afford.

For further information or to book please email: info@spiritofpeace.co.uk.


SPIRIT OF PEACE COMMUNITY BRING AND SHARE SUPPER

Date: Monday 6th February 2017

Time: 7.00 - 9pm

Venue: Friendship Café, Chequers Bridge, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR

We warmly invite you to attend our next Bring and Share Supper. It promises to be an important and inspiring evening. The title of the talk will be "Justice after Genocide: What lessons can we learn from Srebrenica?".

Local co-ordinator of Remembering Srebrenica, Anousheh Haghdadi, will be speaking about her experience of attempts to bring about reconciliation in the wake of the genocide. Trained as a lawyer, Anousheh has worked on human rights issues in South Africa and set up her own youth leadership programme to equip people with skills to bring about positive change in their communities. She has travelled to Srebenica on a number of occasions and has a strong interest in the history of Bosnia-Herzegovina and a growing library of books on the topic! During the evening there will be the opportunity to reflect with Anousheh on what we can learn which is applicable to our own communities. Website: www.srebrenica.org.uk

If you are able to bring food to share, please make sure it does not include meat or alcohol. There is plenty of parking at the venue.


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