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Live Better Together
Thursday 21st September 2017

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Join us at Chichester Cathedral to celebrate the International Day of Peace observed every year around the world on 21st September. 

The themes of peace and reconciliation will inform all our activities on this thought-provoking and inspiring day.  Within the Cathedral on the day there will be a peace trail and opportunities for candle lighting and prayers.
Booking in advance is essential even for free activities.  Full details for all events on the day and tickets are now available from Ticketsource.  You are welcome to book just one activity or as many as you would like to.  Please click on the relevant buttons below:

'Creating Sustainable Peace Within Our Communities' Talk by Dr Simon Keyes

10.30am - 12.00pm, 4 Canon Lane
We are delighted to welcome speaker Dr Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the University of Winchester, who will be introduced by Reverend Canon Stephen Ferns. Why do peace initiatives sometimes end in tears?  Conflict can challenge our deeply held notions of social and personal identity which means that 'creating peace' may require more than peaceful aims and values. 'Sustainable' peace rests on a robust appreciation of difference and may require us to embrace our enemies and wrestle with honouring the past and negotiating a new vision of a different future. Please note the speaker has changed since this event was originally publicised.

Book Here (Tickets FREE)

'Make Art Not War' Printmaking Workshop

10.30am - 12.30pm, Eastern Arm
Printmaking has a long and rich history of being used to get across social, political, and personal messages. Use screen and block printing to transform a humble cloth shopping bag into a unique printed art work to spread the word of peace and reconciliation. Taking inspiration from the Cathedral’s colourful and symbolic Reconciliation tapestry by Ursula Benker-Schirmer, participants will learn how to create their own printing block and/or create a paper stencil for screen printing.  Cotton bags for the workshop are ethically sourced. Led by artist Cath Bristow.

Book Here (Tickets £10)

'How can we live better together, for the wellbeing of all?' Interfaith Panel Discussion
2.00pm - 3.30pm, 4 Canon Lane
Noted representatives from different local faith communities will take part in this interfaith panel discussion.  Confirmed speakers so far include Abbot Ajahn Karuniko of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo, Imam of the Al Mahdi Centre in Fareham. The panel will be chaired by the Cathedral’s Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane.

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'Make Art Not War' Community Peace Banner Drop-In Event

2.30 - 4.30pm, Cathedral Green (Eastern Arm if wet)
Join us for this fun and sociable drop-in community printmaking event. In the spirit of peace and reconciliation we will work together to create a colourful, collaborative printed banner inspired by the vibrant colours, themes and motifs found in the beautiful Reconciliation tapestry, design by Ursula Benker-Schirmer.  Printmaking has a long and rich history of being used to get across social, political, and personal messages. Come and have a go at block printing or create a simple cut paper stencil and have a go at screen printing an image onto the banner. By the end of the day we will have all worked together to create a unique colourful printed banner for display within the Cathedral to spread the word of Peace and Reconciliation and celebrate International Day of Peace. All welcome. There will also be a carpeted area available with soft toys for children under 3 years.  Led by artist Cath Bristow. This is a free drop-in event, no need to book.

To find out more contact the Learning and Engagement Department at or 01243 812997.

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