A four-year Quaker project to tell the suppressed stories of World War I launches on 15 May at 10.30am in Friends House, NW1 2BJ (opposite Euston Station)
The campaign will be launched by Geoffrey Durham, writer and broadcaster and Ruth Cadbury, prospective parliamentary candidate and the granddaughter of conscientious objectors.
“Conscientious objectors show us, then and now, that a peaceful response is possible. They remind us that, if we all believed we could play a part in the work of peacemaking, and if we knew for ourselves the difference it makes, we’d create a dynamic force that would be irrepressible,” says Geoffrey Durham.
Ruth Cadbury will talk about the personal dilemmas created by war and how they divide families: Bertie and Laurence Cadbury chose two different paths, to fight and not to fight.
On International Conscientious Objectors’ Day, 15 May, the courageous men who refused to fight in World War I because they refused to kill, will be remembered by Quakers in Britain and peace groups. Relatives will honour the conscientious objectors (COs) in a simple ceremony led by the First World War Peace Forum.
* Information on the events in London and around the country can be found on Ekklesia here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20421