2015 Symposium

2015 Symposium:

'Dealing with Conflict – Christian Advances’

'They will hammer their swords into ploughshares'

How can Christians be peacemakers in a violent world? Four speakers will bring four different perspectives.


Christian peace-making in African Conflicts

Millius Palayiwa, a lawyer by background, has just stepped down as the Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to go free-lance in the field of peacemaking, compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation. While working for International Alert he facilitated the talks between the Government of Sierra Leone and the rebel movement that culminated with the signing of the Abidjan Peace Accord in 1996.

Religious Freedom - A middle-east perspective

Andy Dipper is Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide. He has led various organisations and spent many years living and working in Afghanistan, Nepal and Kenya and has considerable experience in the areas of Religious Freedom and Conflict Resolution.

Ending Gang Violence

Sheldon Thomas has an unprecedented insight into gangs through his own experience as a leading gang member in the 1970s. He founded ‘Gangsline’ in 2007 to provide help and support to young men and women involved in gang culture. He is also one of the advisors to the Home Office on the ‘Ending Gang Violence’ Strategy (2011 - Present)

Lessons from Northern Ireland

Philip Orr lives in Carrickfergus, a few miles north east of Belfast. He has been involved over the last ten years in community activism, dealing with the challenges of post-Troubles Northern Ireland by means of workshops, talks and encounter groups. He has also written about faith-based community projects in inner city Belfast and about the role of the church in pro-British working class communities.

Dealing with Conflict - Open Forum Discussion



Saturday 10th October from 10:30am to 5:00pm, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP

These events are free to members of Faith and Thought (or those joining on the day). Otherwise just £10 (£7 concessions). There is no need to book in advance but if you could drop me an email to let me know you are coming it would help to have a rough idea of numbers drapkerry@gmail.com

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