To reconcile is to seek the healing of what’s been broken. We all experience brokenness in our families, neighbourhoods, and communities in different ways: through disagreement, disconnection, violence, and conflict. But where there is conflict there is also opportunity to re-imagine a new way of life. When we can learn to move towards conflict, extend hospitality to those who have different beliefs or opinions, speak into societal divisions, and hold space for meaningful communication, true healing can take place.
‘Journey of Hope’ is an immersive leadership training programme which equips and supports faith leaders to creatively and courageously respond to conflict, cultivating a more relational and resilient society. Our first cohort of 20 who we trained over 9 months in 2019 are working to address issues of community polarization such as multi-faith relations, youth violence, LGTBQ inclusion, class divides, systemic racism, and climate breakdown.
‘Journey of Hope’ is delivered by Reconcilers Together: a partnership of peacemakers across the UK & Ireland rooted in the Christian faith. It includes:
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Refugee Allies promotes community, understanding and connection between local people and displaced people through public events, volunteering and public speaking.
A values based model of resilience to equip people to face the truth about climate breakdown and to prepare inwardly and outwardly.
“Not everything can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” (James Baldwin, civil rights activist)
The Fellowship of St Ethelburga welcomes new members. We come together in worship, discussion and prayer. Together, we ask ourselves, what is it be be a Christian in todays world?
St Ethelburga’s is a ‘maker of peace-makers’. We inspire and equip individuals and communities to contribute, in their own particular contexts, to activating a global culture of peace.