Peace is a fire. It is dynamic, nuanced, and messy. Often it is more grey than black or white. Peace Fire is a newly formed nonprofit that creates spaces where people from diverse, and often opposing backgrounds, can safely encounter one another. We aim to facilitate an awareness of our shared humanity beyond ideology, politics, and identity by providing a space where a deeper understanding and appreciation of our difference may begin to grow.
Peace Fire values the qualities of compassion, awareness, encounter, and non-violence.
Conflict always originates from a disconnection with ourselves and others. In an increasingly busy, noisy, and fast world there is so much distraction from what we are actually experiencing. Awareness can support us ground in the present, opening a space to deeply encounter what may be occurring in ourselves, in others and in-between. Peace Fire facilitates awareness creating the potential for an encounter between people that has a relational depth and meaning. It is from this place, through glimpsing our shared humanity that conflict may be able to be resolved.
Peace Fire is based on the principles of non-violence. We recognize that violence has often been committed, and violence has been experienced, by many whom we encounter. In the spaces we create in the present, we endeavor to facilitate using a language and approach that is based on non-violence to others, and to ourselves.
We need empathy so we can give empathy. For many people we encounter who seek peace and reconciliation their experience of enduring trauma is a significant part of their experience. Peace Fire approaches all encounters through a trauma informed lens developed through international practice experience and research across diverse cultures and populations.
Peace Fire works with strategic partners to produce events that have the meaning and purpose of creating a more equitable, communicative, and peaceful society. We structure our events to be a lived example of what is possible when we assemble with awareness. Our events aim to be dynamic, creative and whilst recognize the lived pain for many – forward thinking. Our next event will be the Steel Shutter Revisited – 50th Anniversary Conference in Belfast.