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Peace Building

Workshops

July 2017: We are offering workshops for Quaker and other groups.
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.

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.

Contact us if you would like to find out more and would be interest in inviting us to run a workshop – and download our workshops leaflet here
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NFPB Building Peace in Diverse Britain project
This project worked for a number of years to promote opportunities for learning about dialogue and promoting peace in the communities in which we live. The project has ended but related resources and a report of the project can be found here .
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Nonviolence
A number of NFPB members have taken part in training workshops run by Turning the Tide , whose website has a wealth of material to help groups in thinking and planning nonviolent approaches to working for change.

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Peace education
We don’t currently have capacity for peace education work ourselves but are keen to promote awareness and understanding of different approaches that might be taken. Quakers in Britain have a well established programme of peace education activities and are also part of the Peace Education Network , both of which should be a valuable starting point to find out what other organisations in the UK are doing in this area

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Current concerns

NFPB was set up to ‘advise and encourage Friends in the North, and through them their fellow citizens, in the active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth’. Our members meet during the year in full members’ meetings and we undertake projects in relation to a number of the concerns raised and considered at these meetings.

The Board membership and its meetings are also a points for discussion, reflection and information sharing on a range of other peace concerns. This part of the website is a place for information about some of these.

If you are a Facebook user, this is also place where information on the range of concerns of our members is shared. Our Facebook page is here

Resources and materials

Our archives are a rich source of visual and written materials. Working through these has inspired us and helped us to get a better understanding of the pattern, scope, inspiration and people behind the peace activities of Northern Friends Peace Board since 1913. We are producing a range of publications and resources that both celebrate this work and, we hope, provide ideas, inspiration and challenge for future work. The following is a list of the materials, some of which will be available to download in due course and others to purchase. A good number of them will be in a pack for Local Quaker Meetings and others

  • Display – ten panels in a variety of sizes illustrating the history of NFPB
  • Historical essays – written by a member of our project group, drawing on information in our archives – see http://nfpb.org.uk/centenarypack (see also the text of a talk given at the Peace History Conference in Manchester, September 2013)
  • Tea-towel – produced on organic fair-trade cotton and based on an earlier poster design
  • Candle – hand-made in Yorkshire, with our logo
  • A play – “A Burning, Living Faith”, written by NFPB member Jo Alberti and reflecting on some of the key strands of peace concern over the period of NFPB’s history
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Engaging the Powers

Friday, February 22, 2013 to Sunday, February 24, 2013

How can we work for peace and sustainability while answering that of God in everyone, particularly those in power?. Retreat at Quaker Community, Bamford http://www.quakercommunity.org.uk/retreats.html

Marching Orders for the Military Ethos - a Culture of Peace vs a Culture of War

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Marching Orders for the Military Ethos – a Culture of Peace vs a Culture of War | Network for Peace
http://www.networkforpeace.org.uk/calendar/claire/2013/feb/marching-orde...
Milton Keynes Postcode: MK15 9AA
How and why the government is planning to increase military influence in our schools, and society as a whole.
Guest speakers include Sam Walton from Quaker Peace & Social Witness.
A short Network for Peace AGM will be held at 1.30pm, speaker sessions start at 2pm.

**** NFPB CENTENARY CONFERENCE, YORK ****

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A day-conference looking at current & future peace priorities and marking the centenary of Northern Friends Peace Board http://nfpb.org.uk/centenary_conference

Civic Lecture: Professor Johan Galtung: Four Components of Peace

Monday, January 28, 2013

Time:6pm Venue:Capstone Theatre, The Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP An event arranged by Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Restorative Justice

Friday, June 14, 2013 to Sunday, June 16, 2013

Imagining a World Without War

Monday, June 10, 2013 to Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Walk cheerfully over the world: living our leadings

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to Thursday, July 18, 2013

Retreat with Brian Phillips and Ben Pink Dandelion “In this retreat we will explore how worship and life has intertwined for Friends over the centuries, consider how we live the fruits of our spiritual experience, and ask how we can blend contemplation, prayer and action in order to best become and embody our own testimony today.” at Charney Manor in Oxfordshire http://www.charneymanor.com/guided-retreats-2012

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