Dear Reader,

As this newsletter is issued we are working with Coventry Music Hub, Coventry Cathedral and SACRE to help schools write songs about peace and/or reconciliation. The competition is open to all Coventry schools and home educators until 5 July 2019. More information at covpeacesong.uk

We have a number of other events in the pipeline. The Coventry Peace Poem competition will run again later in the year with the theme of Peace and Human Rights. More information at covpeacepoem.uk

In November we will be running the first Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference with a focus on how to end the current epidemic of violence and knife-crime. Schools have shown intense interest in this and it is already fully booked but you can still reserve a place on the waiting list.

We have also put in a bid to Coventry City of Culture Trust to follow up that conference with a Peace Arts Festival.

And we will be launching our Human Rights in Action programme in September led by a student from the University of Warwick.

In November also we will be re-publishing the book "Ruined and Rebuilt" in which Provost Howard describes how he tried to save the cathedral, decided it would have to be rebuilt and led the team which achieved this mighty effort.

More information about all this below.

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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Ruined and Rebuilt to be Republished in November

On the night of 14 November 1940, Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral, was one of four firefighters who climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary bombs that were landing not just on the Cathedral but starting a firestorm across the city centre. At around 8pm a fire broke out inside the Cathedral and, despite extinguishing …

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Partnership for Coventry

The Partnership for Coventry is the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for Coventry and represents partners from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. The Partnership for Coventry priority is “Growing the City and Tackling Poverty”. This priority cannot be addressed by one organisation on its own, but together partners bring their combined resources, energy and creativity to meet the economic, …

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Feeding Coventry

For several years, citizens of Coventry have been struggling with significant problems of malnutrition, food poverty, and limited access to nutritional food. This has been highlighted in the well-publicised expansion of the work of the Coventry Food Bank. In response to this, the Feeding Coventry Working Group was established in 2016 with the twin objectives of identifying, encouraging and delivering …

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Coventry Good Citizen Award

The Good Citizen Award honours people who may not get the recognition they deserve for their efforts to help or improve the community. Who can be nominated? It could be someone who has made Coventry a better place, or who has improved the life of the city through their selfless efforts, or a tireless charity worker who always puts others first. …

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Minus Violence Plus Peace Project

Peacemakers recently worked with Minus Violence with support from Peace Techniques on a Home Office funded project "Minus Violence Plus Peace" in which they engaged students from three schools in Birmingham on issues of knife-crime and peace. They ran Assemblies to all year groups in chosen schools on the reality of knife crime. Parent sessions focussing on what the reality …

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Living Values Education

According to Wikipedia, Living Values Education (LVE) is a way of conceptualizing education that promotes the development of values-based learning communities and places the search for meaning and purpose at the heart of education. In her book "Living Values Education Activities for Young Adults, Book 1", Diane G. Tillman says that: The purpose and aims of Living Values Education were …

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Culture of Peace

Peace activist David Adams records on his website Global Movement for a Culture of Peace in the section dealing with the Early History of the Culture of Peace that: it was at the preparatory meetings for a UNESCO conference that the phrase and definition of the culture of peace was brought by a Peruvian Jesuit scholar, Father Felipe MacGregor... The …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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Coventry Peace Song 2019

From 3 June to 5 July 2019, Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation and Coventry Music Hub, Coventry Cathedral and SACRE are working together to help schools write songs about peace and/or reconciliation. The competition is open to all Coventry schools from 3 June to 5 July 2019. The winning song will be selected by a panel of judges including Councillor Linda …

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Positive Images Festival 2019

Positive Images Festival, which will run from 15 June to 6 July, is about celebrating the best of Coventry’s heritage. 2019 will be the 25th Anniversary of the festival which takes place every year and embraces diversity in all its forms. It is an exciting programme of art events spread over three weeks. What’s on offer spans genres, from poetry readings, …

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3 Day Accredited Restorative Practitioner Training for Schools

Peacemakers of Birmingham will organise this 3 day training course spread over 3 weeks. It is aimed at schools that are looking to train staff to facilitate restorative practices such as formal conferences, corridor and playground chats and class circles. The course is suitable for Senior and Middle Leaders, Pastoral Staff, SenCos, Family Workers and class teachers. Ideally, the person attending …

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Community Information Fair 2019

Positive Images Festival will host the Community Information Fair on 3 July as part of its festival celebrations. The Fair will be located in Broadgate this year and feature 13 marquees with 26 stalls offering a great opportunity to find out about the work of local community groups and other public service organisations. You will also be able to find …

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Hiroshima Commemorations 2019

On 6 August 2019, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation will be organising a Commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima. A service will be held in Coventry Cathedral. Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr Takashi Okada, will be attending this year’s Hiroshima Day Service. The Committee are working with Coventry Cathedral to offer Japanese exhibitions during the afternoon …

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International Day of Peace 2019

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access …

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Coventry Against Racism AGM 2019

Coventry Against Racism will be holding their Annual General Meeting on 23 September in Coventry Council House. The agenda is: Attendance and Apologies Chair’s introduction Presentation of Annual report Finance and Accounts Election of Officers – Chair, vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Amendments to constitution Motions received Other items Future Meetings Please note that only members and affiliate organisations will be …

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Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019

Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation invite schools and home educators to send up to 3 students from years 6 to 9 (age approx 11-14), to Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference on the afternoon of Friday 8 November 2019 in Coventry Council House. Students will be able to say how they feel about violence, peace, justice …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2019

RISING Global Peace Forum will be 13th and 14th November 2019. The theme for both the Symposia and the main Forum is ‘The Ecology of Peace’ and we’ll be exploring and celebrating the many different routes by which peace can be made and sustained: top-down, bottom-up, with/without a formal peace deal, peace between nations, individuals and with our environment and peace through …

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For their generous support, the Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation expresses our thanks to the Lord Mayor's Office and Coventry City Council. We also thank Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and Warwick University for their support and assistance.