Can conflict be a positive force for change?

Can conflict be a positive force for change?

When we see all conflict as automatically and only ‘bad’ do we miss the opportunity for change arising from facing the other?

The unknown, unfamiliar or different confront us. Do confrontation, polarisation and competition have a place in a peaceful world? How can we work with these to our advantage as peacemakers?

These and related questions will be explored in conversation later today (5.45 - 7pm) at St John's Church, Edinburgh (Venue 127, corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) as part of the 2012 Festival of Spirituality and Peace.

The panellists are Malcolm Stern, a co-founder of Alternatives at St James’ Church in London; Maureen Jack, Christian Peacemaker Teams; and Simon Keyes, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London. Chaired by the Rev Ewan Aitken from the Church of Scotland.

'Conflict as aforce for change': Tickets from the Hub or at the box office from the venue. £6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 221 2273.

The Festival of Spirituality and Peace, now in its twelfth year in Edinburgh, features 400 cultural and discussion events across 21 venues. Its theme this year is ‘Cooperation for Change’.

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