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Jo Williams

Lord David Shutt

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We are hugely saddened by the death of Lord David Shutt of a sudden illness on 30th October. David was a Trustee of the Blackley Centre and a dear friend who has supported the Centre from its beginning. His wisdom, grace, generosity and positivity have been so important to us and we miss him so much. David’s life has been one of service and commitment to others, and the public obituaries are better placed to list his many many achievements and contributions to Calderdale, Yorkshire and the country as a whole. We just know that we have lost a true friend and source of wisdom and support. Our love and prayers go to all his many friends, but particularly to his wife, Margaret and his family, as for all his many public offices he was first and foremost a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Advent Peace and Quiet Day

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We are pleased to be offering an additional Peace and Quiet Day, with a special focus on Advent. The day will include all the usual Peace and Quiet day elements, but will focus on Advent. What better way to start your walk towards Christmas? Come and reflect and retreat, come and be cared for. Advent is a gift to us all, to take some time to stop and prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus – not just prepared for Christmas. Make your Advent real this year, but starting it at the Blackley Centre on Monday 1st December.

Reconcilers Together: Journey of Hope: a 6 month community reconciliation training for 20 emerging faith leaders

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The Blackley Centre is delighted to be a part of the second Journey of Hope Pilgrimage as, together with our partner organisations in Reconcilers Together we are working to equip and enable peacemakers from across the country. This time applicants are invited from all faith communities. This is a brilliant opportunity – do have a look at the website above for more details.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our personal and collective response in times of crisis are crucial. As Covid-19, racial injustice, and the climate crisis continue to deeply impact our society, we are inviting you to join a community of committed peacemakers on a journey of hope: not the kind of hope that simply wishes for change optimistically, but the kind of hope that faces reality, stands in solidarity, and takes radically compassionate action.

This community will be an anchor point as we explore together how to creatively and courageously respond to conflict, cultivating a more relational and resilient society.

If you believe a new, more peaceful way of being is not only possible but paramount and want to be inspired by transformative leadership and innovative practices, this training is for you. 

Covid 19 and the Blackley Centre

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The Blackley Centre has had to follow Government restrictions and this has inevitably effected the services that we have been able to offer. At this time of anxiety, fear and loss, we have felt it important to keep working in as many ways as we can, offering support and help to others.

In the short term we have developed on line training on conflict and anxiety, offering interpersonal mediations using virtual platforms, and individual coaching for church leaders to help them navigate these strange and troubling times. Increasingly we are developing our links with other faith groups and exploring how we can learn from each other as to how we respond to these new times.

As the restrictions are, hopefully, easing, we are looking to recommence our Peace and Quiet individual retreat days, beginning again in September. Numbers will necessarily be limited, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for one of these days.