MILITARISATION OF YOUTH I EDINBURGH PEACE & JUSTICE CENTRE I CONVERSATIONS

In recent years there has been growing discomfort in some quarters around (what is seen as) increasing levels of promotion of the military and 'military ethos' among children and young people. Is there ever a justification for recruiting children to the armed services?

Chair: Brian Larkin I Speakers: David Gee, Mairi Campbell-Jack

Aug 31 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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RE:VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE I THE SCOTTISH CHURCHES ANTI-TRAFFICKING GROUP I CONVERSATIONS

Recruited by force or deception, people of all ages and backgrounds find themselves entrapped in enforced prostitution, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal activities and surrogacy. What can we do to stop human trafficking in Scotland and abroad?

Aug 28 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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speak out I THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND I CONVERSATIONS

The call to loving action is twofold – how can we influence the structures that hold power in our society, and how do we uncover the root causes of inequality and seek to change them through actions for justice?

Chair: Richard Frazer I Speakers: Wendy Young, Robin Hill, Lesley Orr, Hannah Dunlop, Tara Shannon

Aug 27 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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THE EBOLA EFFECT I MERCY CORPS I CONVERSATIONS

In March 2014, the World Health Organisation declared an epidemic of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Why has this virus been able to take hold so rapidly in this region, what has been the impact and what needs to happen next?

Chair: Fred Bridgland I Speakers: Jamie Livingstone, Dennis Kerr, Simon O'Connell

Aug 26 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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FAITH & DEVELOPMENT? I INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION UK I CONVERSATIONS

The contribution of faith-based organisations and local faith communities to the development agenda is now increasingly studied and widely debated.  Does religion help or hinder development? How should faith-based NGOs frame the work they do? What about impartiality, independence and neutrality?

Chair: Andrew Bevan I Speakers: Habib Malik, Prof. Alistair Ager, Dr Maureen Sier, Humza Yousef MSP, Lynne Paterson

Aug 25 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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NEVER AGAIN? I EDINBURGH INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION I CONVERSATIONS

From the Holocaust to the Rwandan Genocide, tens of millions of men, women, and children have lost their lives in genocide or mass atrocities over the past 150 years. Will humanity ever learn the lessons from the past?

Chair: Iain Stewart I Speakers: Tom Jackson, Linda Melvern, Ferid Kevric, representative from Amnesty International

Aug 24 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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SURVIVING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE I WEAVING DESTINATION I CONVERSATIONS

Weaving Destination has partnered with Dawn Films to produce a documentary on ‘Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse amongst Scottish Ethnic Communities. Join us for a screening of the documentary followed by a compelling discussion on the issue.

Chair: Javita Narang I Speakers: Mathew McVarish, Dr. Zoe Chouliara

Aug 21 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS IN SCOTLAND I BEMIS I CONVERSATIONS

The Independence referendum sparked an upsurge in democratic active citizenship. We will evaluate the settings and future aspirations of the equality and human rights agenda in Scotland in this politically fertile environment. Does the Smith Commission reflect the aspirations of Scotland?

Chair: Danny Boyle

Aug 20 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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IS THE SYSTEM BROKEN I MERCY CORPS I CONVERSATIONS

2014 saw a record four humanitarian crises. The panel of experts will discuss if the current humanitarian system which is already straining at the seams, is equipped to deal with these complex, long-lasting emergencies, or if the system is indeed broken.

Chair: David Pratt I Speakers: Frances Guy, Rae McGrath

Aug 19 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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RULE OF LAW AND DEMOCRACY I INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION UK I CONVERSATIONS

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta – a set of rights governing the relationship between the public and leading authorities. We consider the historical context of the Magna Carta and its relevance in the21st Century.

Chair: Andrew Bevan I Speakers: Atallah Fitzgibbon, Dr Gianlucca Riccagni, Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Aug 18 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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SMILES FROM HEBRON I THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND I CONVERSATIONS

Join us to watch and discuss ‘Smile, and the world will smile back’, a short film, which documents one night in the life of al-Haddad family from Hebron (West Bank).  We will talk about life in the West Bank and the work of B’Tselem.

Chair: Val Brown I Speakers: Rebecca McGonigle, Kate Reynolds

Aug 17 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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UN AT ITS BEST? I INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION UK I CONVERSATIONS

Supporters claim the MDGs galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people; critics say there’s been very uneven implementation of the goals by topic, country or world region. Will the SDGs be any different?

Chair: Andrew Bevan I Speakers: Joanna Keating, Gillian Wilson, May East, Simon O'Connell, Prof. Pamela Abbott

Aug 14 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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GYPSY/TRAVELLERS - HAS TIME RUN OUT I MECOPP I CONVERSATIONS

It has been said that they face “the last acceptable form of racism in the UK”, Right? Wrong?  Should there be a right to a nomadic life in the 21st century or should we all just settle down?

Chair: Prof. Colin Clark I Speakers: John Finnie MSP, Representatives of the Gypsy/Traveller Community

Aug 13 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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LIFE IN ITS FULLNESS I THE SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH I CONVERSATIONS

Gender based violence is not only a problem in India- it happens here! How can faith communities in Scotland learn from the Indian experience to work towards the eradication of this common?

Chair: Bishop John Armes I Speakers: Moumita Biswa, Rev. Valerie Allen

Aug 12 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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MELTING POT OF SCOTLAND I BEMIS I CONVERSATIONS

While Scotland has its core cultural characteristics such as traditional music, language, food, geography, stories, history and achievements, this is enhanced and supplemented by the cultural melting pot of Scotland. Come along to celebrate the diversity of Scottish communities.

Chair: Danny Boyle

Aug 11 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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FREEDOM AND RELIGION I EDINBURGH INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION I CONVERSATIONS

The killings behind the drawing of the Prophet Muhammad in Paris gave rise to questions concerning freedom of expression, .which the Pope defended, but argued that there are limits. Are there limits when it comes to religion and free speech?

Chair: Lesley Orr I Speakers: Fadel Soliman, Shahid Khan, Tijara Kabendera, representative from Amnesty International

Aug 10 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

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MODERN DAY SLAVERY I EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE CHURCHES TOGETHER I CONVERSATION

Slavery is everywhere. Tens of millions of people are trapped in labour, sex and child slavery today. The ancient abuse that persists in contemporary world is a hidden crime that affects 21 - 36 million people and generates $150 billion in illicit profits from traffickers.

Aug 7 at 18:00 I £5.00

St John's Church, Princes St (Venue 127), Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Hall at St John's)

 

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