Peace campaigners have expressed their sadness at the death of Christian activist Alun Morinan, whose funeral was held in London yesterday (25 January). Morinan had long been involved in Christian peace activism and served as Co-ordinator of the Christian Network of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).
Alun Morinan's sudden death earlier this month came as a shock to those who knew him, as well as to the peace movement generally. He leaves a wife and two sons.
For years, Morinan had encouraged churches and individual Christians to make themselves heard as voices for peace. He campaigned against the arms trade, the power of arms companies such as BAE Systems and the abuse of human rights in Palestine. He was involved in the successful campaign to close down the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO), a unit of the Ministry of Defence promoting exports for private arms companies.
Morinan, who also worked at King's College London, contributed to the Baptist Times on issues including mental health and drugs as well as peace concerns.
His funeral was held at the church to which he belonged, Avenue Road Baptist Church in south London.
Symon Hill, associate director of the Christian thinktank Ekklesia, said he had been very saddened to hear of Alun Morinan's death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those closest to Alun,” said Hill, “His death is also a sad loss to the peace movement”.
Hill explained, “I had the privilege of working with Alun when I was on the staff of CAAT. I have campaigned alongside him many times. He was not only a devout and dedicated Christian peace activist but a caring individual full of interesting insights. He had a subtle, but excellent, sense of humour and a down-to-earth manner that led to many enjoyable conversations.
“Despite his sharp intelligence and enthusiasm, he never pushed himself forward, but worked with dedication alongside people of many views and backgrounds. Alun achieved that rare thing, a good combination of humility and commitment.”