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
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
A briefing setting out arguments and questions to engage in discussion abut the nuclear ban treaty. Download here
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A conference in Darlington, Saturday 24th September 2016
– the need to change the narrative and thinking around what we mean by security, peace and conflict
– the role and opportunities for independent voices and forms of media, and
– how campaigning and awareness-raising can most effectively be taken forward using existing media, new and alternative media
Speakers will include
– Michael Gray – journalist from CommonSpace (a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland)
– Andrew Smith – Media Coordinator from Campaign Against Arms Trade
– David Gee – Ammerdown Group on rethinking security
[for further information about speakers, scroll down]
There will be workshops on these and related themes, giving space for exploring practicalities and possibilities and to network with others
The conference is free and open to all those interested in exploring and taking action on these issues. It will take place at the Quaker Meeting House on Skinnergate in the centre of Darlington, approximately 12 minutes walk from the train station. Lunch provided – no charge but donations welcome.
Please register by ….
Phone – 01204 382330,
Email – email@example.com
Further information about our speakers on 24th September
David Gee took a lead role in writing the discussion paper on Rethinking Security on behalf of the Ammerdown group (see http://rethinkingsecurity.org.uk/discussion-paper) . He has also written and worked with Quakers and Forces Watch, amongst others. The Ammerdown Group brings together practitioners and academics in search of a new vision for the future of our common peace and security. The group includes participants from Conciliation Resources, Campaign Against Arms Trade, International Alert, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Oxford Research Group, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Saferworld, and Three Faiths Forum, as well as independent practitioners, and academics from the universities of Bradford, Coventry, Leeds Beckett and Oxford Brookes.
Michael Gray is a reporter and journalist for CommonSpace and The National, a pro-independence newspaper in Scotland (http://www.thenational.scot) . His work has focused on political reporting, land reform, social and economic inequality, campaigns for greater democracy in public life, international affairs, war and disarmament. CommonSpace is a digital news and views service and a place to network, share ideas and discuss the issues affecting Scotland (see https://www.commonspace.scot) . It is owned by the Common Weal think tank.
Andrew Smith is the Media Coordinator for CAAT, Campaign Against Arms Trade, which is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade. (https://www.caat.org.uk/). Andrew works with the team to ensure that our positive campaigns and messages reach as many people as possible. Andrew has worked on press and media strategy for all sorts of companies and charities and has written about politics and culture for a range of publications. CAAT considers that security needs to be seen in much broader terms that are not dominated by military and arms company interests. A wider security policy would have the opportunity to reallocate resources according to actual threats and benefits, including addressing major causes of insecurity such as inequality and climate change.