Photo: Elliot Brown.
A round up of peace-making events happening autumn 2016 in Birmingham: all are free, so find one that interests you and get involved!
Thursday 8th September 19:30-21:00 at Two Snowhill
“Birmingham, Wythall and Bourneville Amnesty International groups are presenting a film screening of “This is Exile” about refugees, followed by a discussion of the issues and Amnesty’s new People on the Move campaign. So join us to learn more about the issues from the perspective of child refugees themselves, and then discuss how we can take action together.”
Saturday 10th September, 10:30-16:00 at Saffron Centre
“The Welcome Summit is a gathering for the groups behind the Refugees Welcome movement from right across the country, powered by Citizens UK and Christian Aid. It’s a moment, one year on from the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, to come together and take stock of the British response to date, celebrate what we’ve achieved, and most importantly to gain the skills we’ll need to build a more welcoming Britain. ”
Wednesday, 14 September, 18:30-20:00 at The Priory Rooms
“This free seminar on nuclear disarmament is designed to provide information for religious leaders and communities on how a nuclear weapons ban treaty would create a clear international legal norm against the possession of nuclear weapons and how faith communities can best play their part in this initiative to push states towards a ban treaty.” Organised by Religions for Peace.
Thursday 22nd September, 19:00-21:00 pm at Impact Hub
“A group of people from across the West Midlands have developed 5 (draft) Principles for a Progressive Future – and would love to hear what you think! The (draft) Principles are: Enabling Potential – Equal Society – Participatory Democracy – Common Ownership of Resources – Environmental Sustainability. But what do you think of these principles? Can you improve them? How they can be developed into a finished ‘product’ providing the basis for a Progressive alternative to austerity and neoliberalism?”
Saturday 29th October 2016, 10:30-16:00 at Bull St Quaker Meeting House
“This day of reflection and discussion will look at what makes us secure, and what makes us insecure, and how our faith fits into this. We will have speakers, but most of all we need you – Christian peacemakers who want to help re-imagine the face of Church and Peace in Britain and Ireland”
Sunday 6th November 2016, 14:00- 17:00 at Bull St Quaker Meeting House
“Our organisations aim to bring people together and reach positive outcomes: so we never experience conflict within our own groups, right? In reality, of course, we all do: so let’s share ideas for how to deal with it positively! This event will explore resources and approaches to handling with these inward conflicts in a way that’s consistent with our outward aims.” Organised by Peace Hub & Living with Conflict.
Sunday 20th November 2016, 14:00-17:00 at Birmingham Central Mosque
“A chance to hear about practical ways faith groups and others are taking action for a low carbon future: from putting solar-panels on the roof, to divesting from fossil fuels. Hear what’s worked for others, have a friendly chat about what might work for you,and take a practical action back to your faith group to try.” Organised by Footsteps (Faiths for a Low Carbon Future).