On the 10th June, CHIPS ran an event in Islington, London, with Tearfund Rhythms and Threads. It was called "Conflict, Peace and Us" and was all about exploring how we can practically be peacemakers on a local, national and international level. If you weren't able to make the event but would like to see photos, then you can see them here on the CHIPS facebook page. There are also videos from the event soon to come - so watch this space!
We heard from three inspiring speakers who were addressing different aspects of peacemaking:
Paul Rose, Director of CHIPS, drew on CHIPS' peacemaking methodology and their experience in Brixton to explored how to identify and engage in conflict in our own neighbourhoods.
Andy Walton works for the Centre for Theology & Community, and talked about his time in Palestine and Israel as a human rights observer, exploring issues around principaled impartiality.
Lisa Whitten is currently working on her Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at Queen's University, Belfast, having worked previously for an MP. She talked to us about how we can practically and personally engage with current international conflict by looking at the Democratic Republic of Congo and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.
Each speaker led some open discussion time and there was a panel session so that people were able to ask any questions that they had on the topics raised.
The event was a great success, with all the tickets being reserved a week before the date by people from all over the country. Many people requested to attend future events run by the charity and wanted Paul to speak at their school, church or university.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the event on the evening and brought with them their enthusiasm, creativity and ideas. It was really great to have so many people passionate about peace together in one room. We are really excited to hear how your thoughts on the issue grow and hopefully a lot of you will stay in touch