24th September Changing the Narrative for Peace – Critical Role of the Media

September 24th, 2016

A conference in Darlington, Saturday 24th September 2016
Themes

– the need to change the narrative and thinking around what we mean by security, peace and conflict
– the role and opportunities for independent voices and forms of media, and
– how campaigning and awareness-raising can most effectively be taken forward using existing media, new and alternative media

Speakers will include
– Michael Gray – journalist from CommonSpace (a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland)
– Andrew Smith – Media Coordinator from Campaign Against Arms Trade
– David Gee – Ammerdown Group on rethinking security

[for further information about speakers, scroll down]

There will be workshops on these and related themes, giving space for exploring practicalities and possibilities and to network with others

The conference is free and open to all those interested in exploring and taking action on these issues. It will take place at the Quaker Meeting House on Skinnergate in the centre of Darlington, approximately 12 minutes walk from the train station. Lunch provided – no charge but donations welcome.

Please register by ….
Phone – 01204 382330,
Email – nfpb@gn.apc.org
Via Facebook

And check this page further updates
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Further information about our speakers on 24th September

David Gee took a lead role in writing the discussion paper on Rethinking Security on behalf of the Ammerdown group (see http://rethinkingsecurity.org.uk/discussion-paper) . He has also written and worked with Quakers and Forces Watch, amongst others. The Ammerdown Group brings together practitioners and academics in search of a new vision for the future of our common peace and security. The group includes participants from Conciliation Resources, Campaign Against Arms Trade, International Alert, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Oxford Research Group, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Saferworld, and Three Faiths Forum, as well as independent practitioners, and academics from the universities of Bradford, Coventry, Leeds Beckett and Oxford Brookes.

Michael Gray is a reporter and journalist for CommonSpace and The National, a pro-independence newspaper in Scotland (http://www.thenational.scot) . His work has focused on political reporting, land reform, social and economic inequality, campaigns for greater democracy in public life, international affairs, war and disarmament. CommonSpace is a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland (see https://www.commonspace.scot) . It is owned by the Common Weal think tank.

Andrew Smith is the Media Coordinator for CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade, which is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade. (https://www.caat.org.uk/). Andrew works with the team to ensure that our positive campaigns and messages reach as many people as possible. Andrew has worked on press and media strategy for all sorts of companies and charities and has written about politics and culture for a range of publications. CAAT considers that security needs to be seen in much broader terms that are not dominated by military and arms company interests. A wider security policy would have the opportunity to reallocate resources according to actual threats and benefits, including addressing major causes of insecurity such as inequality and climate change.

13 July – Lobby of Parliament on Trident

July 13th, 2016

Lobby Card Members of the NCPO will be taking part in this Lobby on 13 July. We will also host a prayer service at 12 noon in the Dick Sheppard Chapel, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square ahead of the Lobby. Do join us!

Trident Dialogues

June 3rd, 2016

This short play, Trident Dialogues (PDF – Trident Dialogues booklet ), written by Northern Friends Peace Board member Jo Alberti, has been written to promote reflection on the morality and on some of the key issues connected with the possible commissioning of a successor the Trident nuclear weapons system by the UK government. We hope you find this short text helpful as a stimulus to discussion and action, whether you use it for read-throughs – or even short performances – by groups, or individually.

Trident Briefing 2016

June 2nd, 2016

2016 NCPO Trident briefing We have produced this Briefing to help individuals, organisations and churches engage in critical discussion on plans to replace Trident. Members of the NCPO are also supporting a Lobby of Parliament on Trident that will take place in London on 13 July.

21 May, Leeds Pax Christi Annual General Meeting

May 21st, 2016

AGM16
This is an open invitation to members, supporters and friends to come and learn more about the work of Pax Christi, share ideas on peacemaking and be inspired by the peace witness of others, from the First World War to today. Register here
Morning: business matters and reports from the office team and group discussion on ‘good news’ stories of peacemaking
Lunch: please bring food for a shared lunch – drinks will be available

Afternoon: Subversive Peacemakers! A chance to hear the courageous stories of some of the Conscientious Objectors of the First World War through a illustrated and musical presentation offered by Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford. Clive has gathered local stories and examples of the music that inspired CO’s in their struggle. A chance to sing along too!
We bring the theme up-to-date with the present day work of, long-standing peacemaker and founder of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, Lindis Percy.

14 May, Getting Our Peace Message into Mainstream Media

May 14th, 2016

At Methodist Central Hall, 10.30 – 5.00pm A one-day workshop for peace campaigners, hosted by Christian CND, Quaker Peace & Social Witness, Fellowship of Reconciliation and Pax Christi
More information here

Having More Productive Trident Conversations

April 9th, 2016

NFPB will be hosting a workshop with Tim Wallis from Quaker Peace and Social Witness
To take place at Swarthmoor Hall (Ulverston) on Saturday 9th April, 10.30 – 4.30
Please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in participating and/have any questions about this. CONTACT DETAILS – http://nfpb.org.uk/

‘I don’t know enough about it!’
‘They believe the papers. How can I show them another side?’
‘Is it OK to go one step at a time?’
‘How can I show them I respect them when they are so obviously WRONG?’
‘How do I even get started?’
Whether you are talking to your neighbour, your boss, a relative, member of your community group, you need the facts, but you also need to find ways to get on their wavelength, understand their anxieties, deal with any aggression and help them move forward.
Come and practise your communication skills and learn some new tips and techniques

29 February & 1 March: Oh what a lovely war-resistance! A musical evening of historic opposition to war.

February 29th, 2016

29th February at 7.00pm St Augustine’s Church, Mattison Road, London N4 1BG
1 March at 7.00pm, Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ

Two evenings to commemorate the story and courage of First World War COs. Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford gives an illustrated presentation on the COs of the First World War with local stories interspersed with examples of the music that inspired them.

Supported by Methodist Peace Fellowship, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and Pax Christi

27 February Scrap Trident Rally, London

February 27th, 2016

Stop Trident leaflet frontJoin members of NCPO and other faith groups at this national demonstration against the renewal of Trident. Faith groups will meet at 11.00 am at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ for prayers and photographs before joining the main rally walking from Speakers Corner to Trafalgar Square.

Pax Christi Peace Sunday 17 January 2016

January 17th, 2016

booklet cover
Peace Sunday 2016 will be celebrated in England and Wales on 17 January. The Catholic Church begins each year with a Peace Day and the theme chosen by Pope Francis for 2016 is “Overcome indifference and win peace”, the press notice says: Peace is to be worked at: it is not something that one gains without efforts, without conversion of mind and heart, without a sense of creativity and positive engagement in discussion. Such an action must urgently have recourse to build a sense of responsibility and awareness creation about the serious problems and challenges afflicting our time”
You can download an order form here and find out more about the day here

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