Events Archive

Spirit of Peace Community Supper

Date: Monday 10th October 2016

Time: 7 - 9pm

Venue: Friendship Café @ Chequers Bridge Centre, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6PR (free parking available)

Reyaz Limalia and one of his colleagues will be talking about the work of FAIR SHARES, and there'll be some time for discussion. Please bring contributions of vegetarian food, free of alcohol, for the shared supper. Everyone welcome. For further information, please email: info@spiritofpeace.co.uk.

Fair Shares and Community Time Banks

What are time banks and how do they fit into the world of community building?

Fair Shares started the first time bank in the country 18 years ago, and Gloucestershire has always been at the forefront of the timebanking movement. Timebanking is a tool that brings people together through an exchange of skills and experiences and builds on the strengths of those in the community. So please come along to find out more about how we've used and developed timebanking in Gloucestershire and how it's affected those involved.


Spirit of Peace Stroud Listening Conversation

Date: Monday 19th September 2016

Time: 7.15 for 7.30pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 73 Cairncross Road, Stroud, GL5 4HB

Our Listening Conversation will enable us to share our concerns and questions, while seeking creative ways of living. In recent conversations we have had a particular focus on addressing the widening divisions in the UK and globally.

Light refreshments , everyone welcome.


How we Create a Future of Peace from a History of Pain: Learning from the Context of Palestine/Israel - Sami Awad Forum and Workshop

An evening forum is being held in Edinburgh on 3 December 2014 and an afternoon workshop on 4 December 2014 in Coatbridge.

For full details download this poster

Sami is the Director of The Holy Land Trust based in Bethlehem. The Trust focuses on creating new non-linear leadership, the importance of nonviolence, community healing, and addressing historical narratives within the context of sectarianism.


Event in the Middle East with Peace Partner, Eliyahu McLean

Join our journey to Acco bringing together Arabs and Jews for a day of encounter, study and prayers, Sunday Oct. 26. Two buses, will leave from Jerusalem to Acco, with with Israeli Jews East Jerusalem and West Bank Palestinians joining.

8:00 AM Meet at the Gan HaPamon parking lot and depart for Acco.

11:00 AM: Multi-faith encounter at the Shadulli Sufi Center. Blessings by Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze religious leaders.

11:30 Joint text study session, of Jewish and Islamic sources, with lunch included, kosher option provided.

1:30 PM Tour the Old City of Akko, visit the Al-Jazaeer mosque, Ramchal synagogue and other sites from Islamic and Christian history.

4:30 Visit Hof H..aCarmel beach, for beach time together and sunset prayer for peace.

6:00 PM Bus back to Jerusalem, other points in the Land of the Prophets. Remember clocks change Saturday night, so don't come the wrong time!For wishing to come by bus from Jerusalem, please RSVP to reserve a space. 50 shekels donation to help cover costs. If coming from Merkaz or the Galilee, plan to meet us in Akko. Contact us to coordinate.

Contact for more information, event coordinators:

Eliyahu McLean: 058-7578522

Ghassan Manasra: 054-924-7794

Event co-sponsored by the Abrahamic Reunion and Tag Meir.


SOMERSET NR BATH: Retreat: SOUL CONVERSATIONS - Please note now postponed

Date: 21-23 November 2014

Venue: The Ammerdown Centre , Radstock Nr Bath

"Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change." (Margaret J Wheatley)

Most conversations are enjoyable social meetings but some conversations carry us to a deeper, more numinous place. We call these deep, transforming conversations "soul conversations". They involve a process of deep listening, awareness and openness, together with a sense of being guided by the questions rather than the solutions. As well as deepening personal connections these conversations can become a powerful tool for personal and social transformation and healing.

Is it possible to consciously learn how to have Soul Conversations? The answer is a resounding Yes! There are in fact many methods for this form of conversation, some of which have been developed and used to bring about resolution in situations of conflict.

For more information, please go to: www.ammerdown.org


Community Supper, Gloucester

Date: Monday 29 September 2014

Time: 7.00 - 8.45pm

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

GLOUCESTER: Community Bring and Share Supper

At this Bring and Share, we are eagerly anticipating a visit and presentation by Mahwan from the Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem. He will talk to us about life in Bethlehem, his community building and house rebuilding activities.

Admission is free, but, if you wish, please bring some food to share (without meat or alcohol) .

Donations will be invited to enable Spirit of Peace to continue its peace building work in the Middle East and UK.

For further information please contact: Neesa at neesacopple@gmail.com tel: 01453 759689 or Imran at gymnation@btclick.com mobile; 07977 022393.


Community Conversation, Stroud

Date: Monday 19 May 2014

Time: 7pm refreshments, meeting starts at 7.30 - 9.00pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 73 Cairncross Road, Stroud, GL5 4HB

STROUD: Spirit of Peace Community Conversation

Our Listening Conversation will enable us to share our concerns and questions, while seeking creative ways of living. A suggested topic for this month's meeting is: "Thoughts on Prayer"

All are welcome and I am sure, that as usual, it will be a thoughtful and heart-warming evening.

Admission is free but donations will be invited to enable Spirit of Peace to continue its peace building role in the Middle East and UK.

For details please contact Larry/Juliette on 01453 755370 or Alice on 01453 758746.


Community Supper, Gloucestershire

Date: Monday 9 June 2014

Time: 7.00 - 8.45pm

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

This will be the first meeting to be held at the new Friendship Café premises (move underway). The meeting will include a tour of the new premises and a report back from our recent review of Spirit of Peace's work in Gloucestershire and plans for the future of the work of both Friendship Café and Spirit of Peace.

Admission is free, but please bring some food to share (without meat or alcohol).

Donations will be invited to enable Spirit of Peace to continue its peace building work in the Middle East and UK.

Contact: Jane on info@spiritofpeace.co.uk and 07711 960 644 or Imran on gymnation@btclick.com and 07977 022 393


SOMERSET NR BATH: Retreat: SOUL CONVERSATIONS

Date: 21-23 November 2014

Venue: The Ammerdown Centre , Radstock Nr Bath

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"Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change." (Margaret J Wheatley)

Most conversations are enjoyable social meetings but some conversations carry us to a deeper, more numinous place. We call these deep, transforming conversations "soul conversations". They involve a process of deep listening, awareness and openness, together with a sense of being guided by the questions rather than the solutions. As well as deepening personal connections these conversations can become a powerful tool for personal and social transformation and healing.

Is it possible to consciously learn how to have Soul Conversations? The answer is a resounding Yes! There are in fact many methods for this form of conversation, some of which have been developed and used to bring about resolution in situations of conflict.

For more information, please see: http://www.ammerdown.org/Soul-Talk-2014?date=2014-11-21


GLOUCESTER: Community Bring and Share Supper

Date: Monday 24th February

Time: 7.00 - 8.45pm

Venue: The Friendship Café, Barton St, Gloucester GL1 4HR (parking available at the back of the building)

This will be the last one be held at the current Friendship Café premises (move to new premises anticipated end of March/April). We will have an Open Discussion, reviewing the last 7 years and considering what shape we want these meetings to take in the future. You are warmly invited to attend and contribute to our reflection and planning.

Further information, contact Imran 01452 308127 or Jane 07711 960644


STROUD: Spirit of Peace Community Conversation

Date: Monday 12th August 2013

Time: 7pm light refreshments, meeting starts at 7.30pm

Venue: 73 Cairncross Road, Stroud, GL5 4HB

Our Listening Conversation will enable us to share our concerns and questions, while seeking creative ways forward. A suggested topic for this month's meeting will focus on:

What is a Christian country?

Do we live in a Christian country?

What does it mean to live in a Christian country?

Admission is free but donations will be invited to enable Spirit of Peace to continue its peace building role in the Middle East and UK.

For details please contact Larry/Juliette 01453 755370 or Alice 01453 758746.

There follows a brief report on the first few years of the Stroud, Spirit of Peace Community Conversation: Some years ago friends of mine acquired a property near Stroud. The garden was large and completely neglected. They wanted to make a large pond, and somehow got hold of a dilapidated digger and dug a wide hole. Then they waited - and within a year that hole had filled with water; vegetation grew all around the sides- bull-rushes, marsh marigolds and watercress. In the spring it became the home for a family of ducks. Nature, time and good intention had created something worthwhile and beautiful.

And so it seems, that is what is happening in the Spirit of Peace Meetings that have been taking place in Stroud almost every month now, for the last three or four years. Generally about twenty people sit in a circle. About four to six Muslims from Gloucester drive over after a long working day. The candle is lit and a Singing Bowl is sounded. There is often a topic. In the early days it was more about explaining the different festivals in the major religions at each season. Now the topics seem to be wider and more individual. For example "How can I be right, without making you wrong?" "What is belief?" "Is belief the same as faith?" "How does my Faith/faith help me in my life?"

Sometimes someone will open the evening with a short prepared introduction and then anyone can speak openly if they feel moved to do so- and most people in the circle do. It is a safe space, knowing that no one will interrupt or criticize.

Over the years, although there are always new people coming and going into the meetings, a strong feeling of respect and acceptance is present and genuine friendship and understanding.

Many find it a relief to be able to express themselves openly at such a deep and personal level. We end after an hour and a half, with a few refreshments - and a warm feeling that we have all experienced a step towards understanding each other a bit more. By Alice, from Stroud


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