Peace and War

  • 26 Nov 2014

    For all those who attended our proactively titled ‘Who Would Jesus Shoot?’ public debate on war and nonviolence – we are planning follow-up discussion on line, both here and on Ekklesia's Facebook group. All material will be linked here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/whowouldjesusshoot

  • 21 Nov 2014

    I had the privilege last week of speaking at Exeter University Debating Society, opposing the motion that “This house believes that World War One was a great British victory.” I am pleased to say that those present voted against the motion by seventy votes to forty.

  • 18 Nov 2014

    The Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red installation is gone from the Tower of London. The disputes over white poppies and the British Legion's misuse of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields of France' have died away. But in this centenary year of the start of the first World War, there is much remembering – both honest and contrived – still to be done.

  • 15 Nov 2014

    The belief that violence “saves” is so successful because it doesn’t seem to be mythic in the least. Violence simply appears to be the nature of things. It’s what works. It seems inevitable, the last and, often, the first resort in conflicts, says the late Professor Walter Wink. If a god is what you turn to when all else fails, violence certainly functions as a god. What people overlook, then, is the religious character of violence. It demands from its devotees an absolute obedience-unto-death. It requires a theological critique.

  • 14 Nov 2014

    Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams will give the keynote speech at the Centenary Conference of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR).

  • 14 Nov 2014

    Is the Jerusalem that we all claim to love not bigger than ego-politics, self-interest or self-aggrandisement, asks Ekklesia associate and regional expert Dr Harry Hagopian, surveying the fate of the city. We are all held hostage to ego-politics that negate win-win solutions. Yet, such win-win solutions alone can resolve this conflict. Walls or fences cannot protect a whole people. Nor can military might, religious radicalism and extremism. What is critical is the elusive good will that facilitates peace.

  • 13 Nov 2014

    Andrew Murrison MP is the government’s special representative on the World War One Centenary Commission. At Exeter University tomorrow (14 November), he will propose the motion “This house believes that World War One was a great British victory.” I have been asked to oppose the motion.

  • 13 Nov 2014

    How can churches practice gospel values of peace with justice and human security, a regional WCC workshop is asking.

  • 13 Nov 2014

    As part of its ongoing work on Remembrance, peacemaking and the investment of churches and civil society groups in alternatives to armed conflict, Ekklesia was delighted to sponsor a conversation on 12 November 2014 looking the justification of war alongside opposition to war, violence and nonviolence in the Christian tradition.

  • 12 Nov 2014

    What would the Tower of London poppy exhibition look like if it included the global dead of the First World War? asks Quaker mapping exercise.