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This year we have some fantastic speakers and sessions. We have one keynote talk for everyone to attend, and six different seminars. Unfortunately you’ll have to choose between the three seminars in each set (you can see them below).
Thinking about justice, peace and reconciliation will always be challenging, but this will be different for each of us. We would love you to:
- care for your own wellbeing – check the content of the sessions and decide whether they will be helpful or unhelpful challenge for you (trigger warnings are marked on this page where appropriate)
- be understanding and considerate of others in discussion spaces
- ask for prayer or a listening ear if you need it
Keynote Talk: Blessed are the Peacemakers | 12:00pm
Seminar Set 1 | 14:15pm-15:00pm
- Peace-making in the neighbourhood
- A conversation on forgiveness, hurt, and reconciliation
- Third seminar to be confirmed – check back soon!
Seminar Set 2 | 15:30pm-16:30pm
- Practicing peace-making in pubic life
- The prodigal son: a restorative justice workshop
- Third seminar to be confirmed – check back soon!
For information on the wheelchair accessibility of each session and seminar, please see our ‘Getting There’ page.
Keynote Talk: Blessed are the Peacemakers
Jesus was called as the ‘Prince of peace’, Isaiah prophesies the end of wars and the ‘beat[ing] of swords into ploughshares’ and shalom, forgiveness and justice are themes that come up again and again. In a world where war, conflict and division run rife, what does it look like to engage with teaching around peace? As we delve into these questions, Mariam Tadros will be leading us in thinking about how a cross-centred theology of peace-making and reconciliation can shape the way we live as people of peace. She’ll be grounding us in theology and sharing from their experience of doing the hard work of peace-making and reconciliation.
Seminar Set 1
You will need to choose between these three seminars.
Peace-making in the neighbourhood
As followers of Jesus we are called to love our neighbours, and our enemies, but often we don’t even know our neighbours. In this seminar we will be asking what it could look like to be living in our local communities in ways that bridge the cultural, economic and social divides that keep us apart.
Furaha Mussanzi is a community activist passionate about social justice and the using her faith to promote peace and justice. She studied Interior Design at Liverpool John Moores University then proceeded to do an internship at St James in the city as a Community Organiser. Having grown up in a war-torn country, Congo (DRC), she completed her MA in African Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Bradford and over the last 7 years has worked in the inner city Bradford serving the needs of vulnerable people including asylum seekers and refugees, domestic abuse victims and young people. She loves music, storytelling and traveling.
A conversation on forgiveness, hurt, and reconciliation
Join us for a conversation on forgiveness and reconciliation. We will be hearing from people working around gender based violence in the UK. This session will be exploring what it looks like to have an understanding of forgiveness and restoration that encompasses, protects and centres people who have suffered abuse.
Trigger Warning: sexual harassment and domestic violence.
Emma is the Survivor Network Manager for Restored, a Christian charity that seeks to end domestic abuse through Speaking up, Equipping the church and supporting survivors. Emma was a church leader for 14 years involved in creating community and making Jesus known in new spaces. She also developed local initiatives that sought to end violence against women and girls and supported those who had been subjected to abuse. Whilst recognising the injustice that can come through the local church, her experiences are testament to the transformational impact on individuals and she remains hopeful about the restoration that can be found here.
Third seminar to be confirmed – check back soon!
Seminar Set 2
Practicing peace-making in pubic life
Today, we live in a world where we’re divided along so many lines and identities. From our denomination, to our political and social views, we’re separated into ever-narrowing camps and echo chambers. In this seminar we will be hearing stories and perspectives from people working across political and social divides, across the UK. With the help of our panellists, we’ll be asking what could it look like to bring imaginative compassion and the call to be peacemakers to the political and social issues of our day.
Conleth is a Senior Associate at More in Common where he helps leaders and organisations from across politics, business, and civil society to navigate tricky, divisive and challenging issues by better understanding the public’s values and starting points (particularly those of less engaged groups) on a range of issues – from climate to culture wars. Conleth is an alumnus of the University of Oxford, where he studied law, and the Washington Ireland Programme. He is a trustee of the local community development association in Northern Ireland.
The prodigal son: a restorative justice workshop
In this session, the Mint House will introduce restorative justice practice through a practical, drama workshop using the parable of the prodigal son. Restorative justice practices are tools used to help to establish and sustain healthy relationships, engage with harm and to resolve and mediate conflict. The Mint House team are experts in restorative practice, working in contexts from the church, schools and higher education, to families and in the criminal justice system.
A long-time member of Oxford’s New Road Baptist Church, Rosie was among the founders of The Mint House (Oxford Centre for Restorative Practice) and now chairs its board of trustees. Rosie first became aware of the power and potential of restorative justice through her work with a national crime prevention charity in the early 2000’s. She has had many different involvements since, including supporting the roll-out of restorative practice across Oxfordshire’s children’s workforce.
Tom Shaw is Director of Research and Development at Carr Manor Community School in Leeds. Tom leads on developing character, restorative approaches and peace education in the school. He was part of developing the Restore Our Schools project and works with schools across the UK to develop their relational and restorative practice. On behalf of the Leeds Learning Alliance (LLA), Tom leads on the promotion of ‘inclusion, collaboration and ambition’ to a wide range of education facing organisations across the country. As part of this, Tom is now developing a ‘Centre for Inclusive Practice’ where the LLA will commit to inclusive practice research, development and knowledge sharing which will include training, advice and support to colleagues.