Introduction to Anthroposophy Workshop

christ spirit iHave you ever heard of Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education, Biodynamic agriculture, Weleda cosmetics, or Triodos Bank?  Ever wondered about the philosophy behind them?  This Sunday, I will be co-facilitating a workshop introducing basic concepts in Anthroposophy and their presence/relevance in contemporary culture.

We will feature award-winning Biodynamic wines donated by the wonderful people of Sedlescombe vineyards, the first and only Biodynamic winery in the UK!

No cost.  All are welcome!

Details:

Borough Common,
‘Passion’ Series: Anthroposophy
Sunday, 13 July 2014
18:00-20:15
Welsh Congregational Chapel, Basement
90 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0EX

Oxford Faith Debates: The Future of the Church of England

stmarysuniversityVery much looking forward to working with the Westminster Faith Debates team once again this coming Michaelmas term!  I went to most of these when I was in London and found them all to be very interesting and valuable.  Join me!

Details here:

http://faithdebates.org.uk/category/debates/2014-debates/oxford-faith-debates-the-future-of-the-church-of-england/

Also: We’re looking for more people to work at the debates with me.  By working, not only would you be able to go to the events free of charge, you’ll get paid for it, and have the chance to meet the speakers.  Rate is £30 per event, start at 4.45pm, end at 7pm.  Email me if you’re interested, with your preferred dates, and I’ll pass on all the details.

Youth Mentoring

youth mentor certI’m officially a Youth Mentor for Oxfordshire County!

It essentially works like the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme in the United States, but adopted by Social Services for the disaffected young people of the local area.

If you’re interested in becoming a Youth Mentor in Oxfordshire, go to:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/volunteer-youth-mentors

Otherwise, it’s easy to just Google the local youth mentoring programme near you.

So excited to meet my mentee!

‘The Philippine Peace Agreement: Let’s Maintain Diligence’

philippinepeaceagreementMy op-ed on the current status of the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was published as a (front page!) feature on Open Democracy.

Full article:

http://www.opendemocracy.net/s-francesca-po/philippine-peace-agreement-let’s-maintain-diligence

Last year, the Philippine government struck a historic peace deal with the Islamist rebels. But the devil is in the details, which have yet to be agreed upon. Who will make sure they create a just and lasting peace, and how?

It has been about seven months since the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF or ‘Islamic Front’), and while both sides continue to work through details, it is reassuring that peace has held. In the context of some personal insights on the People Power Revolution, and recent events in Malaysia, I hope to offer suggestions on how this peace agreement can reach its full potential…

The Metta Center

mettagandhiThe Metta Center, as part of its continuous development, has formed a Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), which they have invited me to be a member of.  Additionally, they have offered me a writing fellowship under the title ‘Liaison to Wisdom Traditions’.

About the SAC:

http://mettacenter.org/about/strategic-advisory-council/

First publication as a Metta writing fellow:

http://mettacenter.org/blog/the-philippine-peace-agreement-lets-maintain-diligence/