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Be part of an EcoQuaker film!

EcoQuakers are producing a short film and they’d like YOU to consider being a part of it!

Their aim is to gather experiences of Quakers from around Ireland talking about their spiritual journeys towards earth care and sustainability.

Specifically, they would like Friends to answer the following three questions:

  1. For you, what appear to be the main spiritual challenges around sustainability?
  2. Where do you find joy in the journey with sustainability?
  3. If you had one wish for change in Ireland, what would it be?

Short answers filmed on a smartphone or camera are all that is needed. See here for filming tips and to find out how to submit your short video >> Eco-Quaker film 2018 – please take part!

‘Building Security: Trust or Fear’ conference ~ Dublin, 20th April

 

Building Security: Trust or Fear

20 April 2018

The Helix, Dublin City University, Dublin 9

Hosted by

Dublin City University,

Quaker Council for European Affairs Brussels,

Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

The conference is a free event but to assist with the organising of the event please register your interest in attending with smccrum.1949@gmail.com or martin.leavy@dcu.ie

  1. Introduction:

During the past five years, many assumptions about security have been eroded, new security challenges have emerged both inside and outside Europe needing new thinking around how to respond.

In a Europe in which increased paranoia is used as a political weapon against the “outsider”, how do we play a role as citizens in defining a policy which will direct action to take us away from fear and return us to trust? In a changed scenario, what role do citizens and policy makers play?

Dublin City University (DCU), Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA), and the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee are organising a conference bridging academics, policy makers and civil society to discuss this new security environment and our changing roles and responsibilities. This event is open to everyone interested in this challenging situation.

  1. Programme:

09h30 – 10h00:  Opening: John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

10h00 – 12h00:  What does security mean in Europe and what is our vision of the European Union as a security provider?

What does the European Union and Europe mean by security?

What is our vision of the European Union as a provider of security?

What is our role as citizens in moving the European Union from fear to trust?

 ConvenorMaria-Adriana Deiana, Assistant Professor in European Security,  Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU

  • Ian Anthony, Programme Director, European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Anna Penfrat, Senior Policy Officer, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
  • Girogio Porzio, Head of Division, Concepts and Capabilities, CMPD, European External Action Service
  • John Doyle, Professor & Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU.

12h30 – 14h00: Buffet Lunch served: speakers available to informally discuss concerns raised by the morning session.

14h30 – 16h00:  A changing security environment: new threats need new answers.

Convenor: Andrew Lane, Director, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels

Are the roles of military and civilian actors complimentary or opposing?

New threats need new answers – what is the role now for military and civilian actors?

 Are there new actors involved in providing security and what gap do they fill?

Is there a role for communities and civil society as providers of security and if so, which one?         

  • Murray T. Guptill, Deputy Director European Engagement, US Naval Forces Europe and Africa, NATO
  • Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, QCEA
  • Maria Mekri, Executive Director, SaferGlobe
  • Maura Conway, Professor of International Security, School of Law and Government / Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU 

16h00 – 16h30: Concluding Remarks: Kenneth McDonagh, Associate Professor of International Relations, School of Law and Government, Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, DCU

 

 

Free online course re early Quakers

Are you interested in learning about early Quakers? If so, you might like to take this free online course – ‘Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers’.

This is an opportunity to learn about Quakerism as it emerged in  17th century England.

Through the course, you will find out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

The three-week course will start on 30 April 2018 and will take three hours per week.