Members of the Fellowship met at Hinde Street Methodist Church on Saturday 13th July for the 2019 Annual Council. Through a varied agenda, mixing conversation, worship and challenge, they explored the activities of the Fellowship and thought about where the work could go next.
The work of the Fellowship was shared via verbal reports. This included news from Scotland, the International Peacemakers Fund, campaign activity and an update on previous and future fundraising plans. Members and supporters asked probing questions and new ideas began to emerge.
The work of the Fellowship was challenged by a wide ranging and deeply personal address from Revd Dr Jongikaya Zihle (pictured above). Mixing together his own personal story with reflections on historical and current sources of division, he opened up topics of conversation including Brexit, racism, and diversity. In the final moments of the talk, we collectively traveled to South Africa as a very personal story was shared of Jongi meeting his Jailer. This occurred as part of the Truth and Reconciliation process and he explained the build-up and impact of the meeting on him and the person he was meeting. The way he told his story weaved together theology and emotion and left the room deeply moved.
The work of the Fellowship was strengthened by the appointment of Trustees. We went into the meeting with 5 Trustees and left with 10 Trustees. This significant increase in interest in a great vote of confidence, as well as challenge, and the staff look forward to an uplifting year ahead as we work together for peace.
The date for Annual Council 2020 will be set soon so watch this space!