‘Dealing with Conflict - Christian Advances' – Faith and Thought Symposium 2015
'They will hammer their swords into ploughshares'
How can Christians be peacemakers in a violent world? Four speakers will bring four different perspectives.
This event took place on 10th October 2015 - if you were unable to attend the full symposium you can listen to the four main papers and the open forum discussion here:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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)
4. 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.
5. Dealing with Conflict - Open Forum Discussion