Dear Reader,

Our first Japanese Day in Coventry Cathedral on 6 August was a great success and the Hiroshima Day Commemoration that followed was moving and thought-provoking.

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 and 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 are delighted to be able to announce that this Conference has now been generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

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, plus many other peace and reconciliation related events in Coventry and the wider world.

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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Funding Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference

We are delighted to be able to announce that Coventry Young People’s Peace and Reconciliation Conference 2019 has now been generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation are hoping that following the conference schools and communities will want to take action to promote peace and reconciliation, and if they do they will …

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Hiroshima Day Reflection 2019

This Reflection was delivered by Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain at the end of the Hiroshima Day Service in Coventry Cathedral on 6 August 2019. Jesus said: “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are …

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Hiroshima Commemoration 2019

On 6 August 2019, Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation organised a stimulating, thought-provoking and moving annual Commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima. A memorial has been held in Coventry for Hiroshima Day every year since 1987. The two cities have developed a friendship over the years with messages exchanged between the Lord Mayor of Coventry and the Mayor …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events in Coventry

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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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A Taste of Foleshill: Guided Heritage Walk

Coventry City of Culture Trust and partners will organise this Guided Heritage Walk on Saturday 21 September 2019, the International Day of Peace, starting from St Paul's Church. Coventry's Foleshill Road is a mixing pot of cultures, histories, sounds and tastes. Only a mile and a half from the city centre, the modern-day international bazaar boasts food, fashion and heritage …

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Our Place at the Table

Everyone from across the city is welcome to join Our Place at the Table from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 21 September in Foleshill Community Centre. This will be an open conversation celebrating the 'International Day of Peace' with a chance for you to talk about equality, peace and human rights in our city. Tickets are FREE and lunch will be provided by …

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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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Hidden Figures Film Showing

On 28 October Coventry Against Racism will be showing the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures in Coventry Council House. Hidden Figures tells the incredible story three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), who were the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning …

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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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Paris Peace Forum 2019

On 11-13 November 2019, the Paris Peace Forum will place global governance at the top of the international agenda for the second time with its annual Forum. It is a unique event where stakeholders discuss global governance issues and cooperate on innovative solutions. In 2018, 65 Heads of State and Government as well as 10 leaders from international organizations attended …

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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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Jai Jagat Global Peace March 2020

Jai Jagat is a campaign to promote Gandhi's message of non-violence. Its name means "the victory of the World" in Hindi. Their main aims are Eradicating Poverty Eliminating Social Exclusion Ameliorating the Climate Crisis Halting Conflict and Violence In 2020 they will be organising a "Global Peace March 2020" whose aim includes raising awareness of climate justice. Some people will …

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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.