Peace to be central to Greenbelt's 2012 'Saving Paradise' theme

By staff writers
August 23, 2012

Peace, nonviolence and social justice will once again be high on the agenda of the Greenbelt Festival, held at Cheltenham Racecourse between August 24th and 27th, including speakers who have been sent to prison following their peacemaking activities.

Among the 20000 expected to attend will be a team of young people who, inspired by the festival theme, Saving Paradise, will use their stall to highlight the effect of violent conflict on children and the importance of the transformative work of Christian peacemaking.

The stall, which represents the fourteen members of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations, including Ekklesia, is a resource point for those wanting to get more actively involved in work for peace.

They will also encourage participants to make the most of the peace programme at Greenbelt. This includes US Jesuit John Dear speaking on The Gospel of Nonviolence; Canon David Porter from Coventry Cathedral speaking on Forgiveness, Justice and the elusive Quest for Reconciliation; Dr Mary Grey on the Holy Text, Holy Land and Ciaron O'Rielly and Ben Griffith of Veterans for Peace speaking on faith based nonviolent resistance and Giles Fraser on The Military Ethical Complex.

Christian peace activists Chris Cole - who has previously been imprisoned following peacemaking activities - and Rev Dr Peter Lee of Kings College London will also lead a panel discussion on drone technology, 'Lethal force by remote control'.

Matt Jeziorski, who heads up the team said: "Greenbelt never fails to inform, inspire, and challenge on issues of faith and justice. I wholeheartedly recommend it."


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