Today is Remembrance Day. But what is ‘remembering’ in human and Christian terms, asks Simon Barrow? How can we probe beneath the emotion and ceremony in order to discover (and practice) something life-affirming as we recall the tragedy of war?
Anglican Bishop of Reading, Stephen Cottrell, welcomed trainee ministers to services of lamentation at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston on Friday - the place where Trident warheads are made for British military submarines.
In the comfort of a simple Swedish meeting room, 25 Christian and Muslim women have been meeting to talk about how religion, which is often blamed for conflict and violence, can also move people toward peace and cooperation.
The North American Mennonite relief and development agency MCC is supporting summer 'peace camps' which bring young black people together to find out more about being creative peacemakers in their neighbourhood and aas leaders.
A Filipino army officer, who fought against Muslim secessionist rebels in southern Philippines, says he realised that somehow the cycle of violence must end, so he helped pioneer Project I.S.L.A.M., or I Sincerely Love All Muslims.
The Vatican and Mennonite World Conference representatives who met in Rome in October 2007 to prepare theological reflections on peacemaking have made available the full statement and background material.
Christians have lived in conformity to the ethics of Caesar too long, says Simon Barrow. As Christendom fades, fresh possibilities for peace emerge from a renewed understanding of what it means to be the Body of Christ.