Dear Reader,

In July we announced the winners of the very first Coventry Children's Peace Song Competition. 

On 6 August we celebrate our first Japanese Day followed by our annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration, all to be held in Coventry Cathedral.

In September we will be working with the United Nations Association Coventry Branch to launch a Human Rights in Action programme in September led by a student from the University of Warwick.

In October and November we will run Coventry & Warwickshire Children's Peace Poem Competition.

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.

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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Coventry Children's Peace Song Winners Announced

Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry Music Hub, Coventry Cathedral and SACRE are delighted to announce the results of the first ever Coventry Children's Peace Song. Primary schools were supported by specialists working for the Morning of Music Programme as they wrote and recorded their songs, which were then submitted to be judged by a panel including Councillor Linda …

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Fund Raising for Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference

In July Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation spent a lot of time preparing bids for funding to support the Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019 and the Peace Programme which we are planning to follow it. Our current bid is to the National Lottery to support schools to develop projects related to peace and reconciliation. …

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Achievements of Cardinal Newman Peace and Justice Group 2018-19

Report written by a member Cardinal Newman School's Peace and Justice Group This year at Peace and Justice Group we have had many great experiences such as going to our twin city Dresden in Germany on a peace trip and the creation of the Peace Orchard, and also learnt many new skills. This year we have achieved Celebration of 60th …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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Japanese Day 2019

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation will run Japanese Day of activities in Coventry Cathedral on 6 August. This will consist of a Japanese Embroidery Exhibition and Demonstration all day in the Chapel of Industry and Taiko Drumming Workshops for students under 12 from 1pm to 2.15pm plus a second workshop for children 12 and older students from …

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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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Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment

There will be a presentation by Mazin Qumsiyeh, political activist and Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, Bethlehem on 5 August in Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham. Professor Qumsiyeh was born and raised in Beit Sahour and has been for all his life in the forefront of political activism, non-violent direct action and the struggle to end the Occupation …

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Love your enemy

Are we are living in a culture of contempt? An event held during the British Science Festival 2019 will explore polarisation in society. Polarisation happens when there are deep divisions in our beliefs, ideas and political standpoints. How does social media influence these often-bitter divides and why does the gap between the rich and the poor impact societies political beliefs? Join …

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Meetings of Minds: Conflict, Reconciliation and Inter Faith Relations

The World Congress of Faiths is pleased to announce its 2019 conference: Meetings of Minds: Conflict, Reconciliation and Inter Faith Relations Taking place on 10th September 2019 10am-4pm at St Michael’s House, 11 Priory Row, Coventry CV1 5EX, the WCF is delighted to have Dr Kristin Aune as our keynote speaker who will be discussing: ‘How can religious communities or …

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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 & Warwickshire Children's Peace Poem 2020

The Children's Peace Poem 2020 will be open to children in Coventry & Warwickshire until the closing date of 30 November 2019. Schools, home educators, parents and children aged 16 or less on 30 November 2019 are invited to register on the website covpeacepoem.uk. The authors of the best three poems will: Meet the Lord Mayor of Coventry or the …

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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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Re-publication of Rising and Rebuild

On November 14, the anniversary of the bombing of Coventry Cathedral, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation working with Coventry Cathedral will re-publish the book "Ruined and Rebuilt" written by Reverend Richard Howard, Provost of Coventry Cathedral. In this classic book, long out of print, Howard describes how climbed onto the roof to smother with sand the incendiary …

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Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2019

Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation are delighted to announce that Baroness Shami Chakrabarti has agreed to deliver the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture on 14 November in Coventry Cathedral. She is a barrister who was previously the director of civil liberties and human rights grups Liberty and is currently Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales. The details …

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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.