10th March – 12th March – The Things That Make for peace

March 10th, 2017

10th March – 12th March
a joint event with FoR, the Methodist Peace Fellowship and Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.

More information and to book, see Eventbrite Eventbrite

Network of Christian Peace Organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban negotiations.

June 19th, 2017

19 June 2017

Over 130 countries are continuing negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons entirely.

A second round of meetings began in New York on 15 June to draft a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. If approved, this treaty would make it illegal to “develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire”, to use nuclear weapons. The ban treaty is strongly supported by, among others, the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent, the World Medical Association, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican.

“It is a tragedy and we believe a gross failure of duty, that the UK Government will take no part in these meetings, despite pleas and lobbying for months in advance of the meetings”, said Philip Austin of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations. “The permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the UK, have a responsibility to move the world beyond fear.”
Negotiations have been boycotted by all existing nuclear weapons states, as well as many countries which have nuclear weapons located on their soil. In a joint statement the UK and USA argued that existing treaties provide a framework for disarmament, but other countries have moved ahead with the talks because they have not seen ‘good faith’ efforts by nuclear states to disarm.
In a joint statement, the Methodists, Baptists, United Reformed Church, Church of Scotland and Quakers said: “We believe that the possession and threat of use of nuclear weapons is a sin against God and humanity. We repent of our complacency in allowing this state of affairs to continue for so long … We affirm that the trillions of dollars being squandered on these weapons are, in the words of President Dwight D Eisenhower, ‘a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed’.”
A nuclear weapon ban would mirror the existing bans on other inhumane weapons systems, such as biological and chemical weapons. Negotiations are covering not just the outlawing of nuclear weapons, but also how to monitor and verify compliance. International bans and treaties of this kind have had huge moral and legal significance in creating peace in our world.

Pope Francis, in his message to the March gathering which started the process stated “the ultimate goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons becomes both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative. A concrete approach should promote a reflection on an ethics of peace and multilateral and cooperative security that goes beyond fear and isolationism in many debates today.”

NCPO Nuclear Weapon Ban Briefing:

General Election 2017 – peace concerns

May 16th, 2017

Northern Friends Peace Board has written a set of pointers and prompts on some peace concerns in the lead up to the 2017 General Election in the UK. http://nfpb.org.uk/GE2017

1 March 2017 , Ash Wednesday Witness against Nuclear War Preparations

March 1st, 2017

AW Promotion 2017
Christians will gather in Glasgow, Liverpool and London on Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017 to protest against the continued preparation for nuclear war.
Pax Christi, with CCND, London Catholic Worker, Glasgow Catholic Worker will be taking part in acts of witness that involve prayer and action at various places. Full details here

Resources from Pax Christi for Lent & Easter 2017

February 20th, 2017

Final2017 Lent & Spring flyer purple text
Pax Christi have a range of resources that explore peace messages for Lent and Easter. This included a new Way of the Cross drawing on accounts of First World War Conscientious Objectors. The leaflet also outlines actions and campaigns from February – May 2017 . Download here

Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Briefing 2017

February 20th, 2017

Halfpage-Nuclear Ban briefing VF ed
A briefing setting out arguments and questions to engage in discussion abut the nuclear ban treaty. Download here

29 Oct 2016 – Church and Peace Britain and Ireland Regional Day

October 29th, 2016

Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull St, Birmingham B4 6AF

“And they shall live secure” (Micah 5,4)

This Church and Peace Britain and Ireland day of reflection and discussion will look at what makes us secure, and what makes us insecure, and how the churches can play a prophetic role in building true security in the region today.

We’ll have a chance to reimagine the face of Church and Peace in Britain and Ireland. We want to think together about the network’s unique contribution in the future and how we can strengthen the work already being done.

Keynote speaker: Simon Barrow, director of Ekklesia

Lunch can be booked. Register by 20 October by contacting Barbara Forbes – forbesbarbarae@yahoo.co.uk

29 October, Church & Peace Day Conference, Birmingham

October 29th, 2016

‘And they shall live secure’ (Micah 5,4) Theological reflection and workshops on the Church as an agent for peace in an increasingly insecure world. Keynote speaker: Simon Barrow of Ekklesia, with Pat Gaffney on the panel. 10.30 – 4pm at Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street B4 6AF Free event, lunch £6. Registrations: Barbara Forbes forbesbarbarae@yahoo.co.uk

5 October – 0pen NCPO meeting @FoR Oxford

October 5th, 2016

Open afternoon gathering with Paul Musiol who works for PAX Netherlands ( Pax Christi’s sister organisation). Paul will be sharing on his role as EU advocacy person on issues of Iraq and Syria. This follows the regular NCPO bi-annual business meeting. Please let Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi know if you are coming 0208 203 4884 coordinator@paxchristi.org.uk

Appeal to Catholic Church to recommit to Centrality of Nonviolence

October 3rd, 2016

In April 2016 more than 80 peace activists, theologians, academics gathered in Rome at a conference co-hosted by Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace to explore and then draw up a proposal to go to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church as a whole. The British Section of Pax Christi were deeply involved in the process.

Read and endorse the Appeal

Read more of the background and direction of the Conference

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