Our Alumni

 

Participating in a Rose Castle Foundation workshop, programme, or retreat is the first step on the journey with RCF.

Since 2018, participants have been returning to their homes and communities committed to a shared vision of transforming conflict within their own spheres of influence.

We work closely with our partners to mobilise follow-up action such as support in starting reconciliation initiatives, facilitating peer-to-peer communication, providing further training, and sharing best practice.

Meet the faces of the leaders making positive change for reconciliation across the world today.

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The Princeton Rose Castle Society

Participants on the Encounter programme we ran in partnership with the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University in October 2019 set up the Princeton Rose Castle Society.
 
The society facilitates and host meals, inviting students from groups such as the Princeton Democrats Association, College Republicans, the Pro-Life Club, Students for Reproductive Justice, Tigers for Israel, and the Princeton Committee on Palestine.
 
 
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Alumni Blog

Reconciliation and disagreeing well require us to share ideas and collaborate. Rose Castle Foundation's alumni come from a huge variety of backgrounds, careers, and fields of study. They are committed to the cross-fertilisation of thinking across differences.

 

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Before the Emerging Peacemakers Forum, I was volunteering at an interfaith youth charity in Birmingham. I was mostly involved with guiding and supporting. Since then I used what I learned at the forum to be more involved in planning, and took charge of writing questions for events we ran.

Before the forum I had quite a grassroots, small-scale view of interfaith. I worked mostly in my little community in my little corner of Birmingham and didn’t see the bigger picture outside of my own small community of friends and people that we worked with. But the forum helped me see the bigger picture of interfaith, some of the great successes and big impacts it can have, and how that connects with work in smaller communities.

Eve Brogan
Encounter Programme, 2018

On this programme I was exposed to the first hand experiences of what conflict looks like in practice, not from far away, but when you are dealing with conflict on the field. Hearing those experiences made it more real, showing me how high the stakes are, but also how much hope there still is, and how much progress can still be made, and how much impact I can have.

It’s been a great pleasure to be here, and I will never forget this. I will go back home more sympathetic to people who suffer and face conflict. I will be more open minded towards people I disagree with. I will carry around the emotion and the care of all the people I have interacted with here, and have a place for the stories people have shared with me, and use that to help me in new situations of conflict.

Fatih Kaleoglu
Encounter Programme, 2019

One of the biggest criticisms of interfaith work is that it feels a bit shallow. Before I went on the course, the majority of interfaith work I was doing was that kind. But after having been on the course, and experiencing Scriptural Reasoning and conversations with people I never would have expected to have conversations with, I spent a lot more time not actually doing the same sort of shallow work I had been doing, but taking a step back in what I had been doing as a person, reflecting on how I wanted to grow before I jumped back into it. The past year since the course has been a lot of self development.

A lot of the workshops we had were eye-opening. There was one about forgiveness that made me realise I had to work on myself. There were so many things we were learning, things we hadn’t thought about, that made me reconsider everything. It made me have to go back and figure out what I was trying to do and what stage I was at with my life and my investment into interfaith work. It gave me that fresh perspective on what I should be doing and going for more fruitful relationships as opposed to that shallow level of conversation.

Ayad Marhoon
Encounter Programme, 2018

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