About the NCPO

NCPO is a UK-based ecumenical network committed to peace as central to the meaning of church community. We are a broad group of organisations in the Christian peace tradition committed to furthering peace and encouraging our churches to support the peace movement. The network currently consists of 28 organisations, a list of which can be found to the left.

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The Role of NCPO

Whilst NCPO’s role could potentially be wide in scope, we recognise that organisations’ energy and individuals’ capacity for shared work fluctuates over time. With that in mind, the following is an outline of NCPO’s current role, although the network remains open to opportunities that are timely and for which we have the enthusiasm and resources to make happen.

  1. Sharing information about our work – via meetings, the website and the email list
  2. Sharing insights about peace and peace issues
  3. Joint Projects. There are 3 levels of joint project work:
    • a) Projects where NCPO has clear ownership eg. the Peace Zone at Greenbelt
    • b) Projects initiated by individual NCPO members and brought to NCPO for support
    • c) Responsive projects eg. the General Election briefing

Although the following work is not currently undertaken by NCPO, we aspire to do:

  • 4. Advocacy work
  • 5. Interfaith work

Current NCPO Structure

NCPO uses the following mechanisms to do its work:

  • 4 afternoon meetings a year
  • A  secretary and a treasurer (secretary currently Pat Gaffney [Pax Christi])
  • A system of co-chairing – Note that meeting agendas are set between the co-chairs and the secretary – organisations wishing to feed in should send an email to the secretary at least one month before the meeting
  • Website
  • Email list
  • Subscription rate – NCPO operates a sliding scale depending on the size of the organisation.

Criteria for Membership

Member organisations of NCPO / organisations seeking membership should be:

  • Christian
  • Committed to and involved in the promotion of peace and nonviolence
  • Willing to contribute to NCPO projects in whatever way is appropriate to their organisation
  • Willing to pay an annual subscription
  • Able to attend at least 1 in every 3 NCPO meetings

If your organisation is interested in becoming an NCPO member, please contact Pat Gaffney at Pax Christi  in the first instance: coordinator@paxchristi.org.uk , and be prepared to send a letter of interest for consideration at the next NCPO meeting.

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