Pax Christi urges faih groups to join Stop Trident demo

By agency reporter
February 26, 2016

Pax Christi has encouraged faith groups  to  join with thousands of others at the Stop Trident demonstration in London on Saturday 27 February, challenging the  Government's plans to renew or replace Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system. They will gather for a short time of prayer at Hinde Street  Methodist Church, London before walking  together behind the banner, ‘No  Faith in Trident’

This is an opportune time to engage ordinary people in the discussion of the ethics and legality of nuclear weapons, says Pax Christi.. The teaching of many  faith traditions contradicts the idea of security through nuclear weapons.

At a rally to be held in Trafalgar Square at the end of the march,  faith leaders will present a Multifaith statement on nuclear weapons. It states: “We must move beyond the division of our world into nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states and ensure that all states make good  their commitment to negotiations on the universal, legally verifiable  and enforceable elimination of nuclear weapons. We call on all nuclear  weapon states to join in this endeavour. We urge these states and the international community to develop a robust plan of action that will  lead us to a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Those presenting the statement in Trafalgar Square are:

- Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford
- Bishop Thomas McMahon, Emeritus RC Bishop of Brentwood
- Rachel Lampard, Vice President Designate, The Methodist Church
- Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, Quakers in Britain
- Mohammed Kozbar, Vice President, Muslim Association of Britain (MAB)
- The Rev Nagase, representative of Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Community

The service and faith participation is coordinated by the Anglican  Pacifist Fellowship, Methodist Peace Fellowship, Christian CND, Pax  Christi, Quaker Peace & Social Witness

* Read the full Multifaith statement here

* Pax Christi


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