Dear Reader,

We are delighted that the competition for a logo for Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation was very successful with over 20 entries and the competition was very tight. The winner of the competition will be announced at the next meeting of the Lord Mayor's Committee on 9 May, and the details will be included in the next edition of this newsletter.

The Lord Mayor's Committee will also have a stand at the Community Information Fair in June, so we look forward to meeting some of our readers there.

Please do let us know of any peace-related news or activities happening in or near Coventry and we will be happy to add them to our website http://coventrycityofpeace.uk and include them in a future edition of this newsletter.

Philip Brown
Chair, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

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International City of Peace

Coventry is recognised as an International City of Peace and is described on the ICP website at www.internationalcitiesofpeace.org/cities-listing/coventry-england The description was written by Dr Carol Rank who is a member of Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. Thanks to her role on the ICP Council of Advisors, the Chair of the Lord Mayor's Committee, Philip Brown, has been invited to represent …

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Coventry City of Sanctuary

Coventry City of Sanctuary is part of the City of Sanctuary Network, a movement spread throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. The aims are Promoting the inclusion and welfare of refugees and asylum-seekers by encouraging public, commercial and voluntary organisations to make …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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Launch of Together for Hope

On Friday May 4th 2018, the Dean and Canons of Coventry Cathedral request your company for the launch of TOGETHER FOR HOPE and the welcoming of its first multi-faith partner, FAITHFUL FRIENDS, SANDWELL at 10:30am in Coventry Cathedral. RSVP to reconciliation@coventrycathedral.org.uk Afterwards you can also attend an afternoon reception at 4:00pm in Sandwell Town Hall. Details from uzma_ameenbhatti@sandwell.gov.uk More about Together for Hope Following the destruction of …

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Meeting of Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation

The next meeting of the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation (LMPC) will be held at 19:00 on Wednesday 9 May 2018 in Committee Room 1 of Coventry Council House, Earl Street, Coventry. Guests and observers are very welcome to attend.

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International Day of Living Together in Peace

16 May 2018 will be the first time that the International Day of Living Together in Peace has been celebrated, having only been officially recognised by the General Assembly in December 2017. The adoption of this day was the result of efforts by AISA International. Background to their work can be found here. Their mission is “to create a worldwide movement in …

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Schools Peace & Justice Forum 22-05-2018

Schools Peace & Justice Forum 22-05-2018

Coventry Schools Peace and Justice Forum will meet on 22 May 2018 in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations to discuss the Inspire Programme, relationship with Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, the Restorative Justice project and Remembering Srebrenica events. All schools are welcome to send a representative.  

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Reconciliation Associates Programme Session 9

Reconciliation in Society Part 2 On 22 May 2018 the Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral invite local business and community leaders to explore what it means to live lives of reconciliation in their own contexts. Coventry is known internationally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, but what does this actually mean in practice? How does it impact society, …

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RISING Britain: Foreign Policy After Brexit

How can Britain's foreign policy act as a force for international peace after Brexit? Michael Portillo will address this question at a lunch in St Mary's Guildhall on 14 June 2018. Our future economic prosperity, both as a successful trading nation and as The Midlands Engine, depends on there being peace. If there’s not peace, the only businesses that can …

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Positive Images Festival 2018

Positive Images Festival 2018

The Positive Images Festival 2018, which will take place from 16 June to 7 July 2018, is an exciting programme of events spread over three weeks. See their event programme at positiveimagesfestival.co.uk/festivalprogram More details at the website.

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Reconciliation Associates Programme Session 10

Panel Discussion / Workshop On 19 June 2018 the Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral invite local business and community leaders to explore what it means to live lives of reconciliation in their own contexts. Coventry is known internationally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, but what does this actually mean in practice? How does it impact society, our …

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Community Information Fair 2018

On Friday 22 June you can come to Smithford way to find out about Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation as well as dozens of other organisations providing services to the people of Coventry.  

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Mayor's Community Weekend 2018

On the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018, the West Midlands Combined Authority want to encourage communities to come together and celebrate our region's diversity as part of the West Midlands Mayor's Community Weekend. We’re working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund who will be offering grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an …

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Reconciliation Associates Programme Session 11

Exploring a City Mediation Service On 10 July 2018, Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral invite local business and community leaders to explore what it means to live lives of reconciliation in their own contexts. Coventry is known internationally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, but what does this actually mean in practice? How does it impact society, our …

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Hiroshima Day 2018

Photo by Mike Lane Please join us at 6pm on Monday 6th August 2018 for a service of reflection in Coventry Cathedral and the Chapel of Unity, with readings and music for all led by Sarah Hills, Canon of Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry and with Japanese speaker. The Lord Mayor of Coventry will attend as well as representatives from the Embassy …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2018

RISING Global Peace Forum in 2018 will gather peacebuilding experts from around the world on 12-13 September 2018 in Coventry Cathedral to explore brave and innovative strategies for resolving violent conflict, sustaining peaceful societies and more. More information at https://rising.org/rising-2018/ https://youtu.be/BW1RvJ6Xfd8  

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INSPIRE Event

On the morning of Friday 9th November 2018, two days before Armistice Day, a high profile INSPIRE event will take place in Coventry Cathedral and other major public venues around the UK and Ireland, designed for children and young people. More information to follow.

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development, celebrated every 10 November, highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development …

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Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2018 will be held on Tuesday 13 November in St Mary's Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry. We are delighted to announce that the speaker will be Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, an articulate journalist and author who takes a progressive stance on social justice issues. This event is organised by Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. Programme …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to our sponsors Penny Press Ltdpublishers of books and websites
about the History of the Universe. We also thank our partners Coventry University Center For Trust, Peace and Social Relations and the staff of the Lord Mayor' Office and others from Coventry City Council for their valuable assistance and support.