Just Festival and its predecessor, the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, has been concerned over the years to strike up a genuine personal, artistic, spiritual and cultural conversation among the different religions and beliefs that make up our country.
As Archbishop Elias Chacour, a Palestinian and citizen of Israel who has struggled tirelessly and nonviolently for a just peace in the land has observed: a settlement in Israel-Palestine, which must offer security and recognition for all people, is not just about politics. It is about disarmed truth, and recognising in each other a wounded brother and sister, not an enemy or a threat.
It would be wrong to say that the recent escalating attacks on Christians in general, and Copts in particular, in Egypt are a new thing. There is a long history of intolerance towards minorities. But the intensity and ferocity of what is happening right now cannot be overlooked.
Following hot on the heels of 'Business for the other 99%' at St John's Church this evening is an important session that is part of the joint Quaker and Just Festival lecture series, looking at Ethics in the economy in relation to peace building.
It was the Occupy movement world wide that first coined the phrase "the one per cent" to denote the very small number of exceptionally powerful people who make far too many of the decisions about how our world runs.