Dear Reader,

The summer holiday is a great time for children aged 16 and under to compose their entry for the Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition. More details here.

We continue working hard on Restorative Justice and are now planning a Conference to be held on 14 November. You can book your free place here to find out more about the benefits of RJ and meet people who are already delivering it.

Now is also a good time to book your seat at the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture on November 13 by the well-known journalist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on the subject "Keeping Faith in Just Values in an Age of Populism". Seats are likely to be short supply so best to book early here

There are still a few places left at the RISING Global Peace Forum to be held on 12-13 September. Book your free seat by writing to RISING@coventry.ac.uk.

And finally if you are a community leader, you might like to receive an invitation to have tea with Yasmin and the Lord Mayor of Coventry before the lecture! Please write to me explaining why you want to meet her and I will send you an invitation.

Thank you for your continued support of our work in sharing news and events related to peace and reconciliation with communities in Coventry.

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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Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition

Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition

Here is a great activity for children during the summer holiday! The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum and Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invite all children of Coventry to submit an original poem on the theme of peace and/or justice. To qualify you must be born on or after 31 August 2002 and either attend a …

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4 Reflections on Reconciliation: a short video

As a trailer for a new film about reconciliation, three of the people who have been Canons for Reconciliation here at Coventry Cathedral - Justin Welby, Paul Oestreicher and David Porter - together with Sarah Hills, the current holder of the post, share their reflections on reconciliation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBYtcFSMNIU

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Father Forgive: A video on reconciliation and hope

Coventry Cathedral, in the heart of England, is a powerful symbol of reconciliation and hope. Destroyed by German bombing in 1940, it was rebuilt next to the ruins that remain in the open air. It is now a hub for all those around the world who would like to receive the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ between people, countries and churches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxPa98WaBlM …

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Israeli Military have close Khan al Ahmar village

A message from Ann Farr on 11 July 2018: Palestine: Have just heard that the Israeli Military have closed off Khan al Ahmar village and are not letting anyone in - but are taking in more demolition equipment. Israeli military defy High Court reprieve: ​https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-despite-a-temporary-injunction-israel-to-demolish-bedouin-village-1.6266376 This morning I  have just had phone conversation with a friend in Palestine about the general …

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Sadako Sasaki's Story

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. It exploded about a mile from her home in Hiroshima and she was blown out of the window by the blast. As the family fled, they were covered in “black rain”, radioactive dust and ash. She survived and became a good runner, but …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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International Young Reconcilers' Gathering

This International Youth Gathering will take place from Sunday 29th July to Friday 3rd August 2018. It is organised by the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) for around 40 young people aged 18-25 from around the world. Framed around the CCN core tenets of healing the wounds of history, living with difference & celebrating diversity, and building a culture of …

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Hiroshima Day 2018

Hiroshima Day 2018

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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International Conference on Restorative Practices 2018

This Conference will be held in Metropolitan State University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA on 9 to 11 August 2018. Featuring three keynoters, over 60 breakout sessions, cultural performances, networking and community building, pre and post conference workshops. Key speakers include Chris Straker who used to work for Hull Centre for Restorative Practice. Further Information irpcminnesota.com

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Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition

Here is a great activity for children during the summer holiday! The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum and Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invite all children of Coventry to submit an original poem on the theme of peace and/or justice and/or reconciliation. To qualify you must be born on or after 31 August 2002 and either …

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Deadline for Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition

31 August 2018 is the last day for submitting your entry for the Coventry Children's Peace Poem Competition. The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum and Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invite all children of Coventry to submit an original poem on the theme of peace and/or justice and/or reconciliation. To qualify you must be born on …

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Schools Peace & Justice Forum

Schools Peace & Justice Forum

The Coventry Schools Peace & Justice Forum will meet in Coventry Council House on Wed 5 September to discuss progress in exploring Restorative Justice within the City. All welcome.

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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. The theme at this year’s RISING event is ‘The Anatomy of Peace’ and we’ve arranged a unique group of inspiring world-class speakers to come …

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Head's Breakfast with PeaceMakers

Peacemakers will run this breakfast for Head Teachers and Senior Leaders on 25 September prior to the Restorative Approaches Course giving Senior Leaders the chance support staff who attend the training later that day. This is a free event. Email anna@peacemakers.org.uk for more information.

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An Introduction to Restorative Approaches in Schools

This one-day introductory course for: Learning Mentors, Teaching Assistants, Support Staff will be held on 25 September. It is organised by PeaceMakers, Birmingham. The cost is £50 per person. For more information contact: Anna Gregory anna@peacemakers.org.uk People who attend the 1 day course might want to consider furthering their learning by becoming a Restorative Practitioner.

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3 Day Restorative Practitioner Training Course

3 Day Restorative Practitioner Training Course

What is a Restorative Approach? A restorative approach offers schools an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. The aim of this training is to contribute to the building of a strong, mutually respectful, safe, inclusive and peaceful school community. This course provides intensive, interactive facilitator training, focusing on …

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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 2018

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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The Man Who Built Peace

The Man Who Built Peace

On 10 November there will a showing of a celebrated and award-winning film "The Man Who Built Peace". It documents Frank Buchman's peacemaking approach and features powerful stories of reconciliation, apology, and forgiveness that inspires and challenges people to reflect on what they can and should do. It reminds us that we can all be the change we want to see …

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Coventry Peace Lecture 2018

Coventry 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. The title of the lecture will be Keeping Faith in Just Values in an …

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Coventry Restorative Justice Conference 2018

Coventry Restorative Justice Conference 2018

This conference which will be held on 14 November is designed for those who might be considering introducing restorative justice (RJ) into their institutions to find out more and meet people who are already delivering it. It is also intended to engage people who are thinking about volunteering as RJ and let them find out more. Finally it is aimed …

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