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UNITING for PEACE

4 December 2013: London Conference:

Hilton London Euston

6.30-8.30pm     

 

Theme: "RACE, FAITH and WORLD PEACE"

Rev. Brian Cooper - UfP Churches & Inter-Faith Secretary:

 

"Christianity and World Peace"

ORIGINS: The origins of Christian concern for peace-making are the beginnings of Christianity itself, in the life, teaching and death of Jesus of Nazareth, regarded by the Christian Church as a unique incarnation of the Divine: the 'Son of God'. Jesus did not lead a political movement as such, but a moral and spiritual one, for the establishment of the 'kingdom' or 'realm' of God on earth. Peace and non-violence were at the heart of his mission. He deemed peace-makers to be 'children of God'; he preached love of enemies, instead of conflict and 'eye for an eye' revenge; he said those who lived by the sword would die by the sword; before his death, he wept over Jerusalem, declaring it 'did not know the things of peace'; he rejected revolutionary violence. In his life, he engaged in many acts of reconciliation between divided communities. The life of Jesus, expressing the Genesis vision of harmony among humanity and with the Divine, has been down the centuries both inspiration and challenge to the Christian Church and world at large.

 

HISTORY: The Early Church (first 3 centuries AD)clearly understood Jesus had preached radical non-violence, peace and reconciliation - expressing God's love for all humanity. Among martyrs were those refusing to remain soldiers once they became Christians: believing all humans are made in the divine image, they could not kill fellow-humans. Early churches were 'communities of reconciliation'. After the Roman Empire adopted Christianity under Constantine (early 4th century AD), the Church adapted Jesus' pure teachings to the exigencies of state power: it was allowed for Christian men to bear arms, but was not compulsory. 'Just War' theology steadily evolved to limit warfare between Christian states; mediaeval popes often strove to stop intra-Christian conflicts; peace movements eg. Peace of God tried to curb the knights' violence - then it was curbed by chivalry and re-directed into the Crusades. Struggles with Islam led to readier acceptance of 'Christian' warfare ; the Reformation led to militarist nationalism. 19th-century saw landmark Christian-led peace movements (UK,USA), but 1914 saw Europe's churches backing national war-efforts, instead of trying to stop war between nominally Christian states. One result was, at least in Britain, strong support for post-1918 peace movements eg. Rev. Dick Sheppard and Peace Pledge Union.

 

Late 20th Century & TODAY: The Cold War and nuclear weapons were the key moral issues for UK Churches and Christians from 1945-89.  Leading churchmen eg Canon John Collins, Rev. Donald Soper,Very Rev.George MacLeod were prominent in anti-Bomb movements, but views in the pews were divided, especially in Church of England, whose landmark Church and the Bomb report fell short of outright condemnation of nuclear deterrence, which prevailed in UK Free Churches. Coventry Cathedral led the way in reconciliation links with Communist Eastern Europe, while Christian NGOs such as Christian Peace Conference developed East-West faith-based opposition to the Cold War. There was much church support for World Disarmament Campaign from late 1970s onwards. Post-1989, major churches have urged UK to 'negotiate in good faith' for nuclear disarmament at successive NPT conferences, and opposed Trident renewal; while in Scotland, Roman Catholic Church, Church of Scotland and Episcopal Church maintain their opposition to nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear statements of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have strengthened Christian opinion and activism. While the churches' consensus against the Iraq War was notable, attitudes to Afghanistan proved ambivalent; on Syria, churches main concern is humanitarian aid rather than making statements. It must also be recognised that, in the context of UK austerity, local churches' concerns are mainly focused on helping local communities, eg. with food banks, rather than on global issues - except for supporting Christian Aid for international development. Financial limitations have also reduced churches' national level staffing for social & international responsibility issues. This reality puts special responsibility on Christian peace NGOs, eg. Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian CND, to engage in peace lobbying/activism. [However,the joint Baptist/Methodist/United Reformed Church promotion of Peacemaking Sunday (September Peace Days) supported by UfP, remains significant].

 

CURRENT PRIORITIES:

 

i. There needs to be structure enabling co-operation and common action of the Christian churches with Christian peace NGOs together.[1980s-2000+ saw such a joint Peace Committeein the Churches Together in GB structures: this was ended after CoE withdrew under 'pressure' because of its radical stances!].UfP Churches & Inter-Faith Work urges this should include other faith-based peace bodies, and not be restricted to Christian ones.

 

ii. Nuclear Weapons: The well-known lobbying priorities are: no Trident renewal; NPT process to be focus for genuine international disarmament negotiations, and not simply for preventing nuclear proliferation. Global lobbying should focus on:  urging a Middle East Nuclear-Weapons Free Zone, to include Israel;  further progress in Russia-US Strategic Arms Reductions.

 

iii. Middle East : Churches and faith-based peace NGOs should:

a/ support the efforts of the Middle East Council of Churches and church leaders in Jerusalem [Anglican, Orthodox, etc], in concert with sympathetic Jewish and Muslim organisations in the region, for a peaceful and just solution of the ISRAEL - PALESTINE crisis.

b/ engage with Muslim organisations to explore what UK-based faith bodies could do together to help end the suffering and conflict in SYRIA, eg. by proposals to HM Foreign Secretary, UN Secretary-General, etc.

 

iv. Local Christian congregations and councils of churches should be urged by national church offices, to engage in contact, encounter and dialogue with local Muslim communities, for mutual understanding and respect, building local community harmony, and common discussion of global issues. Consideration of the faith-related implications of the priorities of the 4D Campaign for World Peace  -  Disarmament, Demilitarisation, Development and Democracy - is strongly commended. 

 

PROSPECT:  The world currently spends some $ 1.8 Trillion on the military machine - over 50% by USA. When UK exits Afghanistan in 2014, its war there will have cost some £ 140 million. The Iraq War cost USA several  $ trillion. Such expenditure is wicked and immoral in itself, and doubly so when set against the manifest needs of the world's poor, hungry, sick and ill-housed. Biblical 'Shalom' - peace - is a holistic vision of material and spiritual fulfilment for humanity. The abolition of world poverty and provision of the essentials of life for all, would be possible to achieve if there were substantial reductions in military expenditure, with the resources thus saved transferred to peaceful economic and social development. This moral agenda should be supported by people of all faiths, working together to help secure its achievement, as practical expression of the ethical teachings of the founders of the major world faiths. Pope John Paul II, speaking at Hiroshima, declared:

 

"Let us embark upon the steep and difficult path of peace, the only path that benefits human dignity and the true fulfilment of the human destiny, the only path to a future in which equity, justice and solidarity are realities and not a distant dream."

                                                                                                      
Rev. Brian G Cooper - December 2013

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2014 Events

5 - 7
Jan

Towards a Nonviolent Future: Seeking Realistic Models for Peaceful Co-existence and Sustainablity organised by Anuvrat Global Organisation (Anuvibha)
Jaipur, India

Anuvibha Jaipur Kendra, Opposite Gaurav Tower, Malviya Nagar, Jaipur, India

Contact:
S L Gandhi
slgandhi@hotmail.com

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29
Mar

Spring Conference and AGM 2014

UK's Ethical Foreign Policy - After No War on Syria can soft power prevail ?

Saturday 29 March

Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm


Venue: Wesley’s Chapel
49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU

Contact: info@unitingforpeace.com

 


2013 Past Events

04
Dec

Race, Faith and World Peace

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Venue: Hilton London Euston
17-18 Upper Woburn Palace
London WC1H 0HT

Distinguished speakers:

Contact:
Vijay Mehta - vijay@vmpeace.org
0207 377 2111

Brain Cooper: 0131 446 9545

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02
Dec

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The Grimshaw Club.

Time: 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Venue: London School of Economics, The LSESU Grimshaw International Relations Club, Clement House 2.02

Contact: Valerie Tang
E-mail: V.W.Tang@lse.ac.uk

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25
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by UNA Gloucestershire County & Quaker Peace Group

Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Venue: Cheltenham Friends Meeting House, Cheltenham Gloucestershire

Contact: Christopher Dickenson,
+44 (0)1242 870260, Alison Crane sowsider@yahoo.co.uk

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21
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by DEVsoc and PSI society

Time: 7.00 pm

Venue: Arts 01.02 (a lecture theatre) on UEA (University of East Anglia) campus, Norwich Research Park, Norwich

Contact: Louisa Fenwick
Louisa.Fenwick@uea.ac.uk


20
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by Tavistock Peace Action Group

Time: 19:30 Start

Venue: Tavistock United Reformed Church, Russell St, Tavistock
Devon PL19 8BD

Contact: Ginny Davies
z200@onetel.com

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14
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Metropolitian University

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Venue: Calcutta House, CM4-2 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT

Contact: Please contact Tiffany at: munlondonmet@gmail.com


13 - 25
Nov

UNA Westminister Hosting Film Festival

Time, venue details and synopses
www.wethepeoples.org.uk

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For further details contact:
David Wardrop, e-mail: davidwardrop@bulldoghome.com


13
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by The York University Green Party

Time: 18:30 Start

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: V/N/123 Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 5DD

Contact: Alfie Van den Bos - politics@theyorker.co.uk


12
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by RUHL, Diplomatic Society

Time: 18:00 start

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey (Room to be decided, please email Maria for details)

Contact: Maria Rodriguez Schaap - dipsoc@gmail.com


07
Nov

Unting for Peace Annual Conference The Real Agenda: Syria, Mali and DRC - Terrorism, or Resource Wars ?

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05
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Schumacher College

20:00 start

Schumacher College, The Old Postern, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EA

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03
Nov

Peace Service 2013

Time: 3 pm

Address: Dover Unitarian Church,
Adrian Street, Dover, CT17 9AT

Led by Andreas Weisner Uniting for Peace

Contact: Andreas Weisner,
01227 637135,
Mobile: 07960 684 758

Email: andreas.weisner@talktalk.net


24
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by: Philosophy Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Speaker: Vijay Mehta, Author of the Economics of killing

Venue: Corpus Christi Auditorium, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF

Contact: Eve McQuillian - eve.mcquillian@some.ox.ac.uk


16
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Cambridge Hub
Cambridge, UK

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08
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

19:00 Start

Venue: Wellington Church Library, 77 South Park Avenue, Glassgow, G12 8LE

Contact: Flavia T
e-mail: flavia@banthebomb.org

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02
Oct


The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by Queen Mary University and Medact
London, UK

18:00 - 19:30

Morris Lecture Theatre
Robin Brooke Centre
Barts Hospital West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

Contact:
David McCoy
d.mccoy@ucl.ac.uk


 

October / November

Quakers in York
Talking of Peace

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28
September

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion hosted by UNA Lymington
UK

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26
September

Concord College and UNA Shropshire welcomes you to a book discussion on Vijay Mehta’s latest book: The Economics of Killing

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22
September

Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing 11:00

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents Sunday Lecture: The Economics of Killing - Vijay Mehta

Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

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21 - 22
September

UNITING for PEACE - September Peace Days 2013

UN Peace Day September 21 - Peacemaking Sunday September 22

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20 - 21
September


The Peace & Anti-War
Movement on the eve of the first world war - lessons for
today

Friends Meeting House, Mount Street. Manchester, UK

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20
September

CANCELLED

Due to unavoidable circumstances the Annual Erskine Childers lecture 2013 has been cancelled.

The Series of Annual Erskine Childers lecture for 2014 will continue.

Uniting for Peace apologises for any inconvenience

2013 Annual Erskine Childers lecture, United Nations and European Union - can they work together for peace, democracy and rule of law ?
Hilton, London


 

17
September

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion organised by London Campaign Against Arms Trade

6.30pm start

London CAAT,
Unit4, 5-7 Wells Terrace,
London N4 3JU

Contact: Ian Pocock
email: londoncaat@riseup.net


14
September

Pope John XXIII’s Landmark Document, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) organised by NATIONAL JUSTICE & PEACE NETWORK (NJPN)

Speaker
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing

St Columba, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1SA

Contact:
Ann Kelly - admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk


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13 - 15
September

IPB (International Peace Bureau) Triennial gathering, Stockholm

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04
September

“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by London Region CND

Speaker:
Vijay Mehta, author of The Economics of Killing

Time:: 20:00 - 21:00
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Contact: David Polden - david.lrcnd@cnduk.org


 

02
September

BIG Blockade
of AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment) Burghfield

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25
July

“THE ECONOMICS OF KILLING” book discussion organised by Peace News Summer Camp,
Norfolk, UK

16:30 - 18:30

Woolsey Bridge Fields, Burston Road, Diss., Norfolk

Contact:
Milan Rai
editorial@peacenews.info


17
July


New Economics Foundation London is hosting The Economics of Killing book discussion event at
3 Jonathon Street,
London SE11 5NH
UK

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29
June

Social History Society, London is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
at the Marchmont Centre, London, UK

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27
June

A book discussion on Prof. Akbar Ahmed's book 'The Thistle and the Drone' at the House of Lords

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27
June

UfP Churches & Inter-Faith for Peace cordially invite you to:
2013 Edinburgh INTER-FAITH EVENT for WORLD PEACE
Annual Summer Occasion
' REFLECTION and ACTION -- for PEACE

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14
June

"The Role of India's North - East in Global Development"

An event hosted by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters in association with Nehru Centre (the Cultural Wing of Indian High Commission) and Tea Board of India as a part of "Celebrate Assam"

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07
June

Dutch Student Association Netherlands is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event
Utrecht, Netherlands

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04
June

UNA Blackheath and Greenwich Branch is hosting The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event at The Old Bakehouse, Bennett Park, 11 Blackheath Village SE3 9LA (opp. Blackheath Station)

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01
May

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Bristol University MUN Society
Bristol, UK

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02
May

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event hosted by Southampton Hub
Southampton, UK

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20
Apr


Uniting for Peace Spring Conference and AGM
Linking 2D's Democracy and Development for Peace
London, UK

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05
Mar

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion

University of Warwick
Coventry, UK

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02
Feb

Faith and Peace -
Middle East and Pakistan
Edinburgh, UK

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25
Jan

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion by Oxford Hub
Oxford, UK

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17 - 19
Jan

Human Rights and International Peace Keeping: From Military Intervention to local Anti-violence Efforts

Conference Hosted by: NUCHR
Northwestern University Campus

Evanston, Illinois, USA
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2012 Past Events

8
Dec

Commeration of the Nobel Peace Day

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16
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

New Delhi, India

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20
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Mumbai, MH 400001, India

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22
Nov

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Hyderbad - 500 082, India

[View leaflet]


23
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion

University of Bristol

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20
Oct

Called to be Peacemakers Conference 2012 - 'Money, Power
and Peace'

Euston Road, London, UK

[View leaflet]


4
Oct

The Economics of Killing Book Launch Discussion

University of Sussex,
Brighton, East Sussex, UK

[Vew Leaflet]


21st
Sept

Celebrate International Day of Peace

I N V I T A T I O N: United Nations International Day of Peace 2012

Liverpool, UK

[View leaflet]


21st - 23rd
Sept

Peace Days 2012
Edinburgh, UK

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18
Sept

The Economics of Killing Book Discussion Event

Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh

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