Dear Reader,

In this issue you can find recent peace-related news and forthcoming events in and around 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
Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace & Reconciliation
covlmpc@gmail.com

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Peace News

Coventry Restorative Stories

The United Nations Association Coventry, working with the University of Warwick and Coventry Restorative Justice Forum, invites communities to host a presentation on the subject of Restorative Justice. The Ministry of Justice wants a process called Restorative Justice (RJ) to be embedded into the criminal justice system and offered to all victims of crime. The benefits to the victim, the …

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Possible Good Outcome from Ukraine War

While the unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia has caused huge devastation and mass movements of people, there is one possible positive outcome from the war. According to Wikipedia, in 2020 before the war, Russia was the world's largest exporter of natural gas, the second largest exporter of petroleum and the third largest exporter of coal. Since the …

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Islam

Despite the behaviour of Islamic extremists such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Islam is a religion of peace and submission to Allah. Muslims believe that if a person is truly sorry and repents for what they have done wrong then they should be shown forgiveness. Mohammad taught that people should try to forgive those who have wronged or offended them. …

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Hope in Israel Palestine: Stories of Hope; Prospects for Peace

What hope is there for peace between Israelis and Palestinians? Even those who are the most proactive in working to bring the two peoples together often express the view that they are not very hopeful. The politics of the countries hardly inspire confidence, they often appear dysfunctional. However, the people living there often show amazing grace towards each other, and this …

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History of Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation

History of Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation

This is the story of how and why Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation was formed and of its work over the past 40 years. Coventry is the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation. The motivation for adopting this status was the bombing of Coventry by the German air force on the night of 14 November 1940. …

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Coventry University creates Peace Garden

Coventry University is planning to create a landscaped garden which will include a Peace Garden in the place once occupied by the Alan Berry building. A new sculpture by Blitz survivor George Wagstaffe will take centre stage in the Peace Garden. The sculpture and garden are expected to be unveiled in the summer of 2023. The work will complement the …

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Musalaha - bringing reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians

Musalaha, which means “Reconciliation” in Arabic, is a faith-based organization that teaches, trains and facilitates reconciliation mainly between Israelis and Palestinians from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, and also international groups, based on biblical principles of reconciliation, restoring relationships while challenging systematic injustices.. Since its creation in 1990, an Executive Board of Palestinian and Israeli community leaders have led this …

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Forthcoming Peace-Related Events

If you know of other peace-related events please let us know.

Write to covlmpc@gmail.com

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Coventry Peace Festival 2022

Coventry’s Peace Festival will run from 1 to 14 2022 November promoting the city’s ongoing work of peace, tolerance and friendship. The city is well known around the world as a welcoming place and the UK's only city of peace and reconciliation. There will be a number of events with the promotion of peace and tolerance at their heart. See …

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International Young People’s Peace Essay Celebration

International Young People’s Peace Essay Celebration

This video conference on 8 November will celebrate the achievements of the competition and consider its future. Since Coventry United Nations Association (UNA) began running Coventry’s International Young People’s Peace Essay Competition in 2020, it has received entries from around the world. The competition is an exceptional opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 24 on 31 October to …

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Young People Rethinking Security and Peace Conference

on 9 November 2022, Coventry schools and colleges are invited to send up to seven 6th formers or college students together with one responsible adult to this conference on ‘Young People Rethinking Security and Peace’ in Coventry Cathedral. Peacebuilders are needed now more than ever! How can we prevent conflict and sustain peace and rebuild trust and restore relationships that …

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RISING Global Peace Forum 2022

RISING Global Peace Forum 2022 will run from 9 to 11 November in Coventry Cathedral. RISING is a unique three-way partnership between Coventry University (as represented by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations), the Cathedral and the City Council. It builds on Coventry’s status as the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation and seeks to share ideas …

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Coventry Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture 2022

Climate change is arguably the biggest threat to world peace and security. On 10 November, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation is pleased to announce that BBC's energy and environment analyst, Roger Harrabin, will deliver the Lord Mayor's Peace Lecture in Coventry Cathedral. He will talk on the subject "Can technology curb climate change?" Roger was born in …

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Ruined and Rebuilt

This classic book is on sale now in hardback or paperback and would make an ideal and unique gift. 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 …

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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.