Quaker Peace Testimony in a Time of War – what can we do?

20 October 2022 - 13 December 2022

Peace Testimony series

When you register for any of the sessions in this series, you will get access to a resource page where recordings of all of the sessions will be posted.

Current topics include understanding war, supporting human rights and peace in Russia and challenging militarism with more topics to follow.


Scroll down for dates, times and further information for the individual sessions. All times are given as UK time. Make sure to check your own timezone at www.savvytime.com/converter/.

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This course will involve:

DiscussionSpeakerZoom Session

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communication adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Automated Zoom closed captions are available for all live sessions but if you feel you require more accurate closed captioning please email us directly in addition to booking.

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Understanding War to Make Better Peace

Thursday 20 October 2022 - 19:00-21:00 (UK time)

Our peace testimony compels us to reject all fighting with outward weapons. But armed conflicts continue even in an age of global interdependence. How can we respond if we do not understand the nature of war in our time and why militarisation remains deeply ingrained in our societies?

This session explores our feelings about war, how modern wars have changed and are changing, and how we might respond creatively beyond being just anti-war.

Addressing the Long-Term Trauma of War

Friday 25 November 2022 - 19:00-21:00 (UK time)

War is over and the trauma lasts for years. This session will focus on helping vulnerable people, focusing on primary, secondary and vicarious trauma. We will discuss how to care for traumatized people as well as the importance of self-care when helping others.

In situations of violence virtually everyone is traumatized to some degree. The capacity needed to care for psychological trauma is less than 10% of what we need. This session will give an overview and introduction to how to help.

We will introduce the kinds of trauma suffered by vulnerable people, as well as the transmission of trauma and self-care. Specific examples will look at trauma among migrants. Examples will come from the work of The Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace (www.cwwpp.org), which has been working since 1995 to provide training and supervision of those working with vulnerable people in their own communities.

Supporting Human Rights and Peace in Russia

Tuesday 13 December 2022 - 19:00-21:00

The pressure on Russians to support what is happening in Ukraine is huge. But those working for peace and human rights haven’t stopped. Their work continues but it is often dangerous and hard for outsiders to see. What are they doing? And are there ways in which we can support them?

Sergei Nikitin, formerly of Friends House Moscow, formerly of Amnesty International Russia, co-hosts a podcast ((with Simon Cosgrove - www.rightsinrussia.org/category/podcasts/) where he talks to Russians working for peace and human rights. He will talk about the situation for human rights defenders and peace activists in Russia and the challenges of and opportunities for supporting them.

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