From January 2019 the Listening Conversations will change to the 4th Monday in each month

Bring and Share Supper Evening

Date: Monday 17th June, 2019

Time: 7 – 9pm

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

Our next Bring and Share Supper Evening will be celebrating the official opening of the Coffee Shop.

Imran Atcha, manager of the Friendship Café and long-time supporter of Spirit of Peace writes:

The Coffee Shop at the Friendship Café finally opens officially on June 17th 2019, after many years of planning and fundraising. The ambition is for the coffee shop to be a social enterprise to bring people from different backgrounds together, to be a friendly meeting place, a training venue and to provide an outlet for locals to find out about different opportunities and services. The launch is appropriately timed to coincide with the next Spirit of Peace ‘Bring and Share’ supper as we have the same aims of bringing people together.

The coffee shop is currently open 10-3 during weekdays, and all profits are reinvested into the Friendship Café charity.

Spirit of Peace Stroud Listening Conversation

Date: Monday 24th June, 2019

Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Road, Stroud

Do join us there for an evening of reflective conversation, with an emphasis on deep listening in an attempt to really understand where others are coming from.

We haven’t arranged a theme for the evening, but we often touch on outer events in our community, nation and world, as well as sharing aspects of our inner journeys. The evenings are often very rich and moving.

Human Flourishing on a Flourishing Earth: Finding a Way Together

How can humankind and the Earth both flourish? What practical actions can we take, and how does this relate to our spiritual traditions, especially Christianity?

Date: Saturday 8th June, 2019

Time: 10am – 4.45pm

Venue: Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Oxford Three Faiths Encounter: April 1st-7th, 2019, St John’s College

We are very excited to present our new leaflet here and let you know that bookings are now open.

Please click here to book:

Spirit of Peace is part of the team that delivers the Oxford Three Faiths Week. This year our theme is ‘Relating Across the Divides’ where we will be learning about the different groups within our faiths and exploring the issues encountered by interfaith families.

See also our Three Faiths page

Spirit of Peace Community Bring and Share Supper In Gloucester

Walking to Palestine. A talk by Benjamin Ladrae

Date: 11th February 2019

Time: 7 – 8.45pm

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

Our next Bring and share community supper will be welcoming Benjamin Ladrae to talk with us about his walk from Sweden to Palestine which attracted world-wide media coverage. His talk in Gloucester will explore one man's mission to try and bring about change in a peaceful way, by raising awareness of the challenging conditions faced by Palestinians on a daily basis.

Benjamin is a friend of local humanitarian worker Ebrahim Musaji, who himself has been on aid missions to Lebanon, Gaza and Syria.

You are invited to bring a contribution of vegetarian/alcohol-free food for the shared supper.


There is plenty of parking to the left of the Friendship Cafe.  Do please spread the word around about this event to anyone who you think might like to join us.

Spirit of Peace Stroud Listening Conversation

Date: Monday 28th January 2019

Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Venue: The Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Road, Stroud

Following on from the theme ‘How can I be right, without making you wrong?’, our January event will focus on Stepping into your world. During the evening we will be exploring how we can temporarily let go of our own perspectives and beliefs, and enter into the mindset of the other in order to understand their world.

We will be serving light refreshments at the beginning and end of the evening and if you feel like bringing a small snack to the share, that would be very welcome. There will also be a collection towards the work of Spirit of Peace.

Purpose of the group

At a recent review, it was decided that although there had been some drop-off in numbers it was important to continue to deepen the conversation and invite new members. The following report was provided some years ago and well-describes the nature and value of the conversations.

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 the Friendship Café in 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 criticise. 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.

Our current co-ordinator writes: We always start with a sounding bowl to takes us into some silence, and then we wait until someone feels inspired to talk. Others then pick up the threads of conversation which have inspired or resonated with them…. and the conversation evolves – hopefully with an emphasis on listening to each other, as well as speaking. The themes we touch on are many and varied – sometimes connected with events in the wider world and in our local communities, or with matters of faith or our inner lives.

Stroud Spirit of Peace Listening Conversation

THEME: How Can I Be Right Without Making You Wrong?

Date: Monday 3rd December

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue: Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Road, Stroud GL5 4HB

A group of us met in October for the first evening of Listening Conversations that we have had for quite a while. We talked about the future of this group; everyone wanted it to continue, in spite of low numbers in recent times. There was a feeling that the group offers an opportunity to reflect on all manner of issues in a way that is quite unique, with its emphasis on listening and contemplation.

We would very much like new people to join us, and for the group to be more diverse. Everyone is welcome to come. If you’d like a taste, to see if it’s for you, do join us at our next meeting on Monday 3rd December, 7-9pm, We will have a theme: How Can I Be Right Without Making You Wrong? Although the Christian Community, 73 Cainscross Road, Stroud is undergoing major building works, we are still able to meet there.

Community Bring & Share Supper in partnership with The Friendship Cafe

Gloucester Feed the Hungry

Date: Monday 26th November, 2018

Time: 7pm – 8.45pm

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

Spirit of Peace warmly invites you to our final community Bring and Share Supper of the year. We are very pleased that after our shared supper, Hashim Norat will be talking about his work with Gloucester Feed The Hungry. He writes:

"My name is Hashim NORAT (‘Hash’ to all my friends)

I was born in this great city (Gloucester) and 51 years on I still love it and it’s people. Growing up in multicultural Barton and being from a home with no luxuries but one full of love, I believe I am the man I am today.

We started a project called Gloucester Feed the Hungry two years ago this month and our vision was to have a multi faith group of volunteers providing a one-stop shop for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. Providing hot meals, haircuts, clothing and toiletries with out judging was my vision…

I look forward to meeting you all on the 26th.


Heather-Jane Ozanne asked Hashim how we can support Feed the Hungry, especially as we’ll be approaching Christmas. He suggested that anyone who wishes might like to bring either: selection boxes/packets of chocolates as a festive gift or shoeboxes containing treats, toiletries, things to keep warm – socks, gloves, hat, scarf – with a greeting card or note.

You are invited to bring a contribution of vegetarian/alcohol-free food for the shared supper.

After Hashim’s talk there’ll be a few poems around the theme of Darkness and Light.


There is plenty of parking to the left of the Friendship Cafe. Do please spread the word around about this event to anyone who you think might like to join us.

Incarnation. A new evolutionary threshold. Talk by Diarmuid O’Murchu

Date: Sunday 4 November 2018

Time: 1.45 – 3.30

Venue: The Church Hall, St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Incarnation posterWe are pleased to be working in collaboration with Living Spirituality Connections and St James’s Piccadilly which will be of interest to many of our subscribers.

Diarmuid O’Murchu’s latest book demonstrates the imperative for religions and contemporary spirituality to focus on creating a world where justice, peace and all of creation flourishes rather than the traditional emphasis on transcending this world.

Incarnation signifies embodiment, reminding us that God’s creativity throughout creation is mediated through bodies, from the vast universe right down to subatomic particles. This understanding requires a fresh appraisal of the conventional Christian understanding in which Incarnation focuses on the person of Jesus. How the expanded vision can be integrated with our Christian story is the topic for this lecture.

"God’s revelation is considered to be in the whole of creation. Divine revelation is mediated primarily through the embodied processes that facilitate growth and flourishing."

Booking: Email A donation between £10 and £3 is requested. Light refreshments will be served at 3.30pm

Event Chair: Revd. Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Church.

The event poster can be downloaded here:

A Living Spirituality Connections event, in partnership with St James’s Church Piccadilly and Spirit of Peace.

Spirit of Peace Community Bring & Share Supper in association with The Friendship Café

Gloucester and the "Compassionate Cities Initiative"

Date: Monday 24th September 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

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

Spirit of Peace warmly invites you to a Community Bring and Share Supper, 7pm, Monday 24 September 2018 at the Friendship Café, Gloucester to discuss this month’s theme: The Charter for Compassion and the Compassionate Cities Initiative.

The Charter for Compassion (CfC) is a global movement that transcends religious, ideological and national differences, founded by Karen Armstrong, which works closely with 400 cities in over 50 countries to facilitate compassionate communities.

Come and join us for what promises to be a lively evening with a video and short talk by a Gloucester resident and teacher on the CfC. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts in a warm, friendly atmosphere on compassion, compassionate work they may already be involved in at work or in their community. We will also consider signing the Charter as individuals and/or raising awareness of CCI (Charter for Compassion International) amongst friends and colleagues to begin to see if there may be a consensus for Gloucester to join the Compassionate Cities Initiative.

"I think the Compassionate Cities and Communities programme could help us to break down the divisions in our polarized world… A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbours as we would wish to be treated."

– Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement, The Charter for Compassion

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

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

Media contact: Heather-Jane Ozanne,, tel: 07711 960644

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