On Thursday 26th February Central England Quakers are celebrating the opening of Birmingham’s Peace Hub with a special all-day launch event. RSVP now to join guests working for peace and justice: from faith groups to public figures, all attending the open day and evening presentation!

The Peace Hub is the exciting new project created by the Central England Quakers charity; one of four which The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre profits contribute towards. Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre next door to The Priory Rooms the Hub first opened its doors in autumn 2014. On Thursday 26th February Central England Quakers are delighted to invite the public to the official launch event; celebrating the support received for the Hub’s work so far and to introduce their upcoming project.

cropped-Peace-Hub-sign-004.jpgThe Peace Hub is a centre for everyone who is in sympathy with the Quaker belief that a just and peaceful world is possible if we work together to make change in our own lives and to build local, national and international structures that support peace and justice. Everyone is welcome to pop into the Hub on Bull Street, Birmingham to escape the crush, get a cuppa and discover the exciting and varied ways they can help support this call for action.

The West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project Peacemakers, who are also funded by Central England Quakers, are based on the first floor above the Hub. The group work in partnerships with local schools to help build more peaceful communities by delivering training to adults and children in skills such as peer mediation and conflict resolution.

Peacemakers are teaming up with the Hub on the launch event day to celebrate the success of the Hub’s recent campaign supporting Fair-trade. They have invited local school children to attend workshops about fair-trade at the Hub and design posters about the cause. Throughout the morning the Deputy Lord Mayor Mike Leddy will be meeting the school children and viewing their artwork. The public are warmly welcomed to join him. At 2pm come watch Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands Paul Sabapthy reveal the poster competition winner.

From 6.30pm you are invited to a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation about The Peace Hub being held at The Priory Rooms. Following a buffet and refreshments, join those working for peace and justice in the community: from NGOs like Responding to Conflict, local public figures including High Sheriff of West Midlands Tim Watts and representatives from faith communities, such as Paul Parker Recording Clerk of Britain Yearly Quaker Meeting. You are welcome to join the conversation on how Peace Hub plans to promote peace and justice in Birmingham and work with the local community.

The guest speaker of the evening is Matthew Burnett-Stuart who will be introducing the Hubs’ next campaign theme; conscientious objection. In 2014 Matthew was awarded one of three UK Peaceworker placements funded by Quaker Peace and Social Witness to support organisations working for peace at local, national and international level. 

The Hub’s next theme of conscientious objection is supporting the Central England Quakers “Faith and Action” exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; using original photographs, film, interviews and artefacts to tell the compelling stories of Quakers men and women during the First World War.

Join the evening celebration on Thursday 26th February by RSVPing to office@peacehub.org.uk or 0121 238 2869.
The Peace Hub is located on 41 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF http://www.peacehub.org.uk/