'Subversive peacemaking' theme at Pax Christi conference

By agency reporter
May 18, 2016

Members and supporters of Pax Christi from around the country will gather in Leeds on 21 May for the movement's Annual General Meeting and Conference on 'Subversive Peacemakers – from the First World War to today'.

Pax Christi, an international Catholic movement for peace, works nationally and internationally by campaigning on a range of issues including  stopping the arms trade, the abolition of nuclear weapons and peace for Palestine and Israel .It raises awareness of these issues through its peace education work in schools and among young people and through parishes and communities throughout the country.

Most recently, Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace hosted a conference in Rome which issued an appeal to the Catholic Church to re-commit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence. There will be a fuller report on this at the meeting. Aspects of this work will be shared by the Pax Christi team and Executive Committee during the business part of its gathering on 21 May.

Participants will also have an opportunity to reflect on models of peace-making from the First World War to today. The Rev Dr Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum in Bradford and County Ecumenical Development Officer, will share stories of Conscientious Objectors of the First World War and what inspired them. This will be presented in words, images and music. Clive Barrett's book 'Subversive Peacemakers – War Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective' was published in 2014.

The challenge of peace-making today will be offered by Lindis Percy, known for her persistent peace-making protests at Menwith Hill..She is founder of the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, formed in 1992  to oppose the presence and functions of the American visiting forces and their agencies at NSA/NRO Menwith Hill and other US bases here and world wide. Over the years, Lindis Percy has taken part in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience challenging the presence of these bases and the laws that have developed to protect them. She was most recently  arrested on 10 May and now awaits a court hearing

The gathering is supported by the Leeds Diocese Justice and Peace.

* Pax Christi http://paxchristi.org.uk/

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