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Issue 130: June2005

Churches' Peace Education Programme
The current programmes of the Churches Peace Education Programme (CPEP) are coming to an end this September. CPEP has been based in Belfast and running since 1978; it has been co-sponsored by the Irish Council of Churches and Irish Commission for Justice and Peace (now Irish Commission for Justice and Social Affairs which is itself being launched on 13th June), between them currently representing 16 churches in Ireland.

As well as distributing a wide range of international peace education materials, CPEP has produced a considerable variety of original and much valued materials for use in primary and secondary schools, including materials on human rights, conflict resolution, affirmation and personal/emotional development. There has also been a series for general adult education use on "What the Bible says about...." peace, justice, reconciliation, poverty, sectarianism, the stranger, the environment etc. A separate programme has organised cross-community, cross-border programmes for primary schools on cultural heritage.

The trustees from the churches have decided to wind up the current CPEP programme at the end of September (primarily due to the end of core funding) with the loss of one full-time and two part-time jobs. A history of the project will be written up and there will be consideration of a research proposal to look at how the churches can best contribute in the field of peace education and future directions for the programme.
Churches' Peace Education Programme, 48 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT9 6AZ, phone 028 (048 from Republic) - 90 66 29 92.

What will we eat as the oil runs out?
Humanity's present food production and distribution systems are heavily dependent on inputs of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, many experts think that world production of cheap, easily-produced oil will begin to decline within the next five years as the oilfields from which it comes are depleted. Natural gas production, so vital for the production of fertilisers, is expected to begin to decline by 2025 for exactly the same reason. So what will happen to food availability as a result? A major international conference 'Food Security in an Energy Scarce World' is being held in Dublin between June 23rd and 25th to find out. Organised by FEASTA, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, in association with the Department of Environmental Resource Management at the Faculty of Agri-Food and the Environment, University College Dublin. There is an impressive list of speakers, too long to print here but including Cait Curran, Julian Darley, Richard Douthwaite, John Feehan, Anita Hayes, David Holmgren, Seán McDonagh, Lori Stahlbrand. Full details and a booking form for the event can be downloaded. Full conference fee €350, limited concessions at €175. FEASTA, 10a Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, e-mail and phone 01 - 405 3615.

Chernobyl Children's Project:
Summer respite, day care centre

Over 1,000 Children from the nuclear-affected Chernobyl region in Eastern Europe are arriving in Ireland for summer holiday, recuperative breaks with several hundred Irish families, allowing them to spend time away from their radiation-contaminated homeland. The children are being brought to Ireland by the Chernobyl Children's Project's International Rest & Recuperation Programme. Many are from orphanages in Belarus and the rest from impoverished family backgrounds. Research undertaken by the Chernobyl Children's Project International (CCPI) has shown that taking the children out of their home environment for even short periods of time can have hugely positive effects on their overall health, well being, and life expectancy.

Meanwhile Zhitkovitchy Day Care Centre in Belarus was recently opened in a CCPI lead project with half the money from Development Co-operation Ireland and the rest from Pfizer Ireland. The new ecologically designed centre will be an important resource and provide a wide range of services in an extremely poor area.

CCPI, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale road Cork. Phone 021 - 4312999, or visit the website at (donations can be made securely on the website or via bank transfer or cheque).

Partners in Transformation - Peacebuilding and churches
Partners in Transformation (a project of the Irish School of Ecumenics and Mediation Northern Ireland) has published a "Digest of Peacebuilding Resources - for those working with churches in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland". It is available on their website as a PDF file and click on Peacebuilding resource Digest. This 52 page resource lists training and learning opportunities, material for group discussion, support material, reference material, and contacts. The aim of the Partners in Transformation Project is to enhance, nurture, and support the capacity of churches and faith communities in their calling to be peacebuilders and agents of transformation. Partners in Transformation, Irish School of Ecumenics, 683 Antrim road, Belfast BT15 4EG, e-mail and phone 028 - 90 77 00 61.

Meanwhile, the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland has issued "Beyond Sectarianism - the churches and ten years of the Peace Process", a pamphlet which is the first in six reflections on the contribution of the EU Peace II programme. It is available on the CRC website at (click on 'EU News' and then 'Learning from Peace II' and follow on down).

CAJ - Committee on the Administration of Justice
CAJ is issuing its latest policing report (9th June) on the work of the District Policing Partnerships, and Clifford Shearing of the Patten Commission will be speaking at the launch about a vision for community policing. A third report in the series of commentaries on new policing institutions - on the work of the Police Ombudsman - is with the printer. Three of the four "Cory" inquiries will be underway into the murders of Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright with the launch of the last of these on 22 June. No formal date has been given for the inquiry into the Pat Finucane murder but the coming into force of the new Inquiries Act on 7 June paves its way. Most observers believe that the new legislation is intended to restrict the possibility of getting at the truth of this case (and indeed many other issues where Ministers might otherwise be subjected to effective public scrutiny). As part of a broader coalition, CAJ hosted an event (31 May) addressed by Alan Hevesi, NY State Comptroller, who argued that investment should address social objectives if it is to undermine and not exacerbate inequalities and a legacy of disadvantage and discrimination. For details about how to join the campaign to uphold human rights in NI contact CAJ, 45-47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR; and web Phone 028 - 9096 1122.

Meath Peace Group
"Paramilitarism, Criminality and the Good Friday Agreement" will be the focus of the next Meath Peace Group public talk to be held on Monday 20th June at 8pm in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath (note venue). The principal speaker will be the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, TD. For further information contact and you can also phone 01 - 8259438. Reports and/or summaries of most of the previous talks held are available on the group's new website at

Identity and Citizenship
The 3rd Annual International Conference organised by the Centre for Peace Building takes place at the Downings Bay Hotel, Co Donegal from 23rd - 24th June, on the theme 'Identity and Citizenship - Contested space'. Speakers include Melanie Verwoerd (South Africa ambassador), Senator Martin Mansergh, Steven King, Shalini Sinha and Patsy Dan Rodgers. Admission is free. To register your interest contact; 074 - 91 54 892 or e-mail Centre for Peace Building, An Teach Bán, Downings, Co Donegal.

Have a Gr8 time
If you're involved in the 'Make poverty history' demos coming up (Dublin 30th June 6.30pm at the Spire, and the biggie at Edinburgh Saturday 2nd July) or the Wednesday 6th July demo at Gleneagles itself, good luck, and may the nonviolent force be with you. There are all sorts of contacts for this - just ask near where you are. For things in Scotland and UK see e.g. Peace News for June, or or

INNATE nonviolence
We're sometimes so busy covering what everyone else is doing that we don't share what we're up to. INNATE is an informal nonviolence network which has its main presence in Belfast. INNATE provides assistance with resources and training on nonviolence and related areas. The monthly newssheet, Nonviolent News (10 issues a year) aims to cover what a range of peace, campaigning, human rights and solidarity groups are doing, North and South, east and west, on the island of Ireland.

The monthly meeting of the Belfast networking group, usually on the third Monday of the month but check for details, provides an opportunity to network and plan work on a variety of areas in the field. Most recently INNATE was involved in another conference on the arms trade, co-sponsored with the Peace People, and is planning other meetings for the autumn.

Belfast networking group of INNATE meets next on 20th June, at 7.30 pm in 7 University Avenue, Belfast. Anyone interested welcome, come and plan the future, queries to 90 64 71 06.


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