Why we must talk about conscientious objection
15 May 2018 by Marigold Bentley
Quaker faith is an active one. We offer a diverse range of workshops, courses and resources for Quakers and others working for nonviolent social change.
Turning the Tide works with any group working for peace and justice. We work with both Quakers and others, and in the past we have worked with anti-nuclear campaigners, co-housing projects, anti-fracking networks, and many more.
Our small staff team based in Friends House, London supports a network of skilled volunteer trainers to deliver training throughout the UK. We have also worked extensively with social justice activists overseas. Read more about our work in East Africa.
We believe that nonviolence is the most powerful tool for achieving transformative social change – and we draw our inspiration from people like George Lakey, Gandhi and Martin Luther King. We are the only organisation in the UK offering social action training with this specific focus on nonviolence.
Turning the Tide offer training for groups wanting to take action on issues of shared concern. Workshops are free on request. We only ask for a donation of travel expenses for our trainers.
Turning the Tide trainers help with:
We work closely with the group beforehand to develop a workshop that best meets the need. This means we don't have a set list of workshops, but example themes include: Power and change; Nonviolence and violence; Planning a campaign; Spirituality and activism; Preparing for nonviolent direct action.
Our workshops are based on the active participation and interaction of all participants. We think that groups know their own issue best - and we see our role as enabling groups to find their own solutions. We usually find that a half-day or full-day workshop is best. If you're organising your own event or conference and would like Turning the Tide to contribute, we can also offer a 1-hour 'taster' workshop. Request a workshop by filling in this form.
Turning the Tide can visit your Meeting or group to help plan a campaign, start a community project, or facilitate a session to develop the links between your faith and activism.
We offer more in-depth courses for those who want to develop their social change work further. Courses are open to anyone with a passion for changing situations of injustice and building a better world. The content varies, but there is always a strong emphasis on the participants applying the skills to their own lives.
Quaker Peace & Social Witness has published a series of leaflets that can be collected to form a toolkit for action. Drawing on knowledge and stories of Quaker witness across the UK, these printable guides offer practical tips on organising actions, managing group dynamics, and reaching the media, among other things. Go to the Toolkit for Action.
These include printable tools and tips that have been designed to aide you in running your own social action training sessions. Go to the Turning the Tide facilitator's toolkit (offsite link).
Get information about upcoming courses and workshop facilitation methods on Turning the Tide's website (offsite link).
Have a listen to Lisa Cumming, Turning the Tide Programme Manager, discussing courageous conversations in this episode of the Q:Witness podcast:
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