Our viewpoint diversity programme creates spaces for people to lean into disagreement constructively. We want to regenerate social trust, one conversation at a time.
It’s getting harder to connect with those who disagree. Many factors feed into the polarising dynamics of our time. The echo-chambering effect of social media is a major driver. Whatever the issue, whether it’s politics, social justice, intergenerational tensions, culture war or vaccine war, our collective conversations are growing increasingly silo-ed and tribalised.
Our response is to bring the principles of reconciliation to the frontline of these conflicts. We offer viewpoint diversity dialogue events, workshops and trainings on how to reach out across our differences.
Our trainings include:
– Conflict coaching and transformation
– Bespoke workshops to help your community grapple with divisive issues
– Education on polarisation and a toolkit for how to communicate your views in a way that is depolarising
This is a new and growing strand of work. If you’re interested to get involved or to hear more, contact clare@ stethelburgas.org.
Planting a network of hedgerows to connect people and nature
Promoting community, understanding and connection between local people and displaced people through public events, volunteering and public speaking. “Being a refugee is an experience; not an identity” Mohammad Badran.
A values based model of resilience to equip people to meet the complex challenges of our time with vision, joy and pragmatism
“Not everything can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” (James Baldwin, civil rights activist)
Training up faith leaders to be skilled peacemakers in their communities.
A programme for young adults to help develop a strong inner life as a source of resilience for what is to come. The foundations of the programme are rooted in two critical needs of our time - to bridge divides and to love the Earth.
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.