The Journey of Hope is a 6 month leadership programme for people of faith to transform their communities

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our personal and collective response in times of crisis and conflict are crucial. As Covid-19, racial injustice, and the climate crisis continue to deeply impact our society, we are inviting you to join Reconcilers Together on a journey of hope: not the kind of hope that simply wishes for change optimistically, but the kind of hope that faces reality, stands in solidarity, and takes radically compassionate action.

Reconcilers Together is a community of committed peacemakers: people of faith who believe that everyday peacemaking, from a place of our deepest values, can reconcile some of the most sacred relationships between ourselves, the Earth, our faith, and with others. 

This community will be an anchor point as we explore together how to creatively and courageously respond to the fractures of conflict and polarization, cultivating a more relational and resilient society.

​If you believe a new, more peaceful way of being is not only possible but paramount and want to be inspired by experienced faith leaders and innovative practices, this training is for you. 

 
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The Journey of Hope has just 20 spaces and people from all faiths are welcome to apply. 


For two day each month, our six modules will be hosted by our Community of Practice, which features some of the leading peace & reconciliation practitioners in the UK & Ireland from a range of backgrounds and expertise. Due to Covid-19, most of the modules and peer groups will be online at the beginning of the year; as restrictions ease, we will facilitate residential modules and encourage in-person peer gatherings.


This immersive leadership training includes dedicated time to focus on frontline community action of your choice, where you will be able to test out your learning with tailored peer & mentoring support


At the end of the six months, you will be invited to join our Community of Practice as Alumni with ongoing mentoring, action learning sets, continued professional development, seed grants and regular gatherings.

 
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2021 Programme

 

Module 1 - Reconciled to the Earth

Understanding the landscape of social & ecological crisis and moving towards resilience

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace (online)

February 25 & 26

Module 2 - Reconciled to ourselves

Understanding the traits of peacemaking and moving towards courage

Rose Castle Foundation & Place for Hope (online)
March 25 & 26

Module 3 - Reconciled to our faith

Understanding the nature of intra & inter faith conflict and moving towards good relations

The Blackley Centre & Bridgebuilders (online)

April 22 & 23

Module 4 - Reconciled to our communities

Understanding the lived experienced of the marginilised and moving towards wholeness

Corrymeela & Archbishop's Reconciliation Ministry (residential in Northern Ireland)

May 21 - 23

Module 5 - Reconcilers Together

Understanding communities of practice and moving towards collaboration

Coventry Cathedral, Holy Island & The Iona Community (online)

June 17 & 18

Module 6 - Reimagining faith leadership

Annual Reconcilers Together gathering

All Partners & Alumni (residential at Rose Castle in Cumbria)

July 15 & 16

Our Facilitators

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Rose Castle Scriptural Reasoning Manager

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Power the Fight CEO

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Reconciling Leaders Network Leader

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Poet, Theologian, & Mediator

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Faith based community mediator

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Rose Castle Partnerships Manager

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St Ethelburga's CEO

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Blackely Centre Director for Interfaith Relations

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Corrymeela Community Leader

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Blackley Centre Director of Reconciliation

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Place for Hope Training Manager

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Iona Community Leader

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Vice Chair Lancashire Council of Mosques

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Holy Island Vicar 

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Eastern Mennonite University

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Rose Castle Founding Director

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St Ethelburga's Refugee Allies Programme Manager

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Community of the Cross of Nails

(UK & Ireland)

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Liz Griffiths

Bridge Builders Director of Training 

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St Ethelburga's Radical Resilience Programme Manager

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Rebecca Brierley

Journey of Hope Programme Manager

 
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Our learning values

 

Faith

Rooted in Christian peacemaking, we welcome people of all faiths to join. Our way of being together will include scripture & sacred texts, silence & prayer, rituals & rhythms.

Story

Stories will be central - of place, of people, of conflict, of hope. Our participants will be invited to share their own stories, listen to others, and learn to tell new ones.

Skills

From conflict mapping to facilitating difficult conversations, our training will give you the practical tools to gain confidence in peacebuilding and reconciliation.

Action

We will demonstrate what our theories look like in practice and provide structure for you to develop your own community action, including measuring impact.

Relationship

We know that leadership and facing into conflict can be challenging. The training includes peer learning groups, one to one mentoring, and tailored support.

Contemplation

Whether we meet online or in person, our gatherings will include time for personal reflection, embodied practice, silence and connection to nature.

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It is the most precious feeling to have 20+ people watching my back. I feel so bonded and many have described it as a tribe - that's just what it feels like. For me it was humbling and affirming to be included in this pilgrimage as someone with minimal experience in reconciliation practice, put alongside people with huge experience and wisdom and influence. We have all been so invested in, so supported, so affirmed, so equipped. It is the best possible foundation for the future as I navigate whatever territory God leads me into, and I am MASSIVELY grateful - to God and to all at Reconcilers Together. What a privilege. It's hard to stop raving about it!

Journey of Hope 2019 Participant

 

Cost

We’ve structured payments on an equity scale to make it accessible to a range of people.
We welcome conversations around personal circumstances.

 £600

Pay in full

Includes all modules, food & accommodation where necessary and contribution to core costs

£380

Pay what you can

Includes all modules, and food & accommodation where necessary

£60

Bursary

For those who are currently students, on low income or unemployed. Includes all modules, food & accommodation where necessary, and any associated travel

 

Expression of interest

We are aiming to gather a diverse group of 20 participants who will support one another in their learning and development. We are looking for a range of faiths, ages, ethnic backgrounds, geographical contexts, and conflict issues. The experience within the group will be an important resource for taking your own reconciliation work to the next level. The application deadline is December 31st 2020.


We welcome applicants who:

  • Have a passion to take action for a more just and peaceful world

  • Hold a formal or informal leadership role within their faith community, or a calling to do so 

  • Can sustainably root their activism in the vision/values of their faith community

  • Have some experience of peacebuilding & reconciliation or community activism in any form

For more information and a link to the application, please fill out the below:

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