We have discovered that hospitality plays a key role in reconciliation and that sustainable conflict transformation is most powerful when participants live together as part of their training.
Our unique residential courses provide this.
What’s our purpose?
We create hospitable spaces where those in conflict can meet face-to-face. We empower victims to become healers in their communities. We equip leaders with practical peacemaking strategies to be reconcilers capable of transforming challenging disagreements. We offer a sanctuary for reconcilers to retreat, reflect, rest and restore.
Our courses are tailored using the following methods:
The learning experience: imaginative and interactive programmes of discussion, story-telling and active listening.
The social experience: breaking the ‘formal’ barriers to reconciliation by facilitating face-to-face engagement across dividing lines. Participants are encouraged (wherever possible) to share the same space, experiencing the benefits of shared meals and relaxation, honest dialogue and collaborative action.
Reading sacred texts together: Many participants are deeply formed and motivated by their scriptural tradition. Scriptural Reasoning is the primary method for encouraging participants to disagree well, challenge negative stereotypes, build mutual respect, and form lasting bonds of friendship. Participants from diverse religious communities are trained to facilitate future Scriptural Reasoning within their own communities as a means of establishing constructive inter-faith dialogue.
Navigating conflict: disagreeing well. Some conflicts seem intractable and highly charged. Using a practical tool-kit including active listening, reflective practices, role play and Scriptural Reasoning, participants learn the principles and practice that make better quality disagreement possible. They learn to work together without needing to agree or approve of one another’s ideology.
Implementing change: developing local initiatives. During our workshops participants identify social/religious challenges in their own communities that fuel prejudice, misunderstanding and marginalisation. They work with other participants across communal divides to devise innovative action for cross-border reconciliation. We continue to encourage and support our alumni for the duration of their projects as they seek to turn those ideas into reality.
Radical Peacemakers is a global network and fellowship programme for emerging leaders who recognise the role of faith in peacemaking, equipping them as reconcilers in their workplaces and communities. The global network connects young reconcilers from a diversity of vocations, faiths and cultures to demonstrate the growing movement of leaders who are committed to religiously-rooted peacemaking strategies. The fellowship programme trains 25 exceptional Radical Peacemakers every year from around the world who undergo rigorous leadership training and subsequently take on a year-long commitment to run the global network.
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There are several points and aspects in the Quran which were like a new discovery to me due to the questions and reflections of my Christian and Muslim coparticipants. So, it can be said that this activity of Scriptural Reasoning was a full time learning activity in which you not only learned about the sacred texts of others, their similarities and dissimilarities to your text but also discovered some new perspectives, horizons and unturned jewels of your text which would have remained unexplored without this activity.Tariq
Due to the Israeli war on Gaza, the context from where I came was not so good for good emotions and relationships, especially with the Israeli participants. Most of the Arab participants waited for me to express my opinion against the Israeli war on Gaza. I was totally against the war but I did not come to the program to express my political opinion. At the end I expressed my opinion against the Israeli occupation but in the meantime I had created great relationships with young Jewish participants, with whom I still have a very good relationship. This love led me to take a peaceful side on the war issue. At the end they agreed with me that occupation and war against Gaza was something bad for both people.Rafat
One opportunity as an alumni was an SR session followed by an interactive question and answers session with Christian youth leaders in Lahore. The interactive question and answers session was the hallmark of this entire interaction since it was a kind of long awaited and desired opportunity of interacting with my Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan and I had been looking and praying for it from many years since I always felt that I need to interact with them and listen to their grievances and concerns and speak to them about their status and sanctity of their dignity, apologize to them on every harm and hazard afflicted on them in the name of Islam. For me it was the first opportunity of its kind in Pakistan and it gave me an idea of what and how do they think and how can I ask, demand and guide the people of my faith to interact, behave and associate with them.Ali
The opportunity to interact with people of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from around thirty countries of the world was a unique one in its nature. This interaction helped in understanding the diversity of religion within and without. It was smart planning of the organizers to provide maximum opportunities for both formal and informal interaction.Lana
It is not possible to limit the impact of this in a single dimension, rather it had a multidimensional and extraordinary impact on all the participants and each one of them was a different human being after it and was more knowledgeable and wise after it, knowing the importance of diversity, returning to their homelands with the hopes, desires and commitment of cherishing, endorsing, respecting, tolerating and embracing this diversity and difference in their societies.Ali
Here you can navigate through the year to see what courses we have on offer. Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding our course content or if you are unsure which course would suit you best. We also offer certain courses especially prepared for groups or communities so please ask us if you would like to discuss your specific needs.
1st Quarter Courses
New Year Retreat
This is a low key retreat helping you start the New Year in the right gear! Whilst rest is the most important part, there will also be sessions exploring themes of identity, hospitality, reconciliation, wellbeing and storytelling. We will be staying in a stunning country house on a beautiful estate with opportunities to roam the Scottish borders as well as curl up with a book or getting stuck in with some cooking. Spaces are limited so please apply here as soon as you can.
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2nd Quarter Courses
Journey of Hope (Reconcilers Together)
Reconcilers Together is an ecumenical network of Christian peace and reconciliation centres across the UK and Ireland.
Journey of Hope is a fully funded opportunity for 20 Christian leaders to spend 2 days a month with us from January to June 2019, visiting 5 of our centres, in order to transform their churches into ‘reconciliation hubs’.
We have 20 fully funded spaces available and are accepting applications until October 31st, 2018. Telephone interviews will take place throughout September and October with acceptance offers taking place between November 5th – 9th, 2018.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk
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Rose Retreat: Forgiveness & Repentance
Rest, roam the grounds of a stunning country house estate, and connect with others in sessions exploring the theme of forgiveness and repentance. We encourage people of all faiths and none to apply to bring a range of perspectives and personal experiences into the discussions.
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