Christians to hold Day of Prayer as part of anti-arms trade action week

Christians to hold Day of Prayer as part of anti-arms trade action week

By staff writers
28 May 2009

Christians working for peace will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday 14 June 2009 as a contribution to an annual event of co-ordinated action for an end to the the global commercial trade in weapons. The day is organised by Campaign Against Arms Trade.

CAAT brings together a range of concerned individuals and organisations from a variety of backgrounds, religious and non-religious. For a number of years it has had an active Christian network.

The Day of Prayer, aimed at raising awareness and active concern in the churches, will focus on the death and destruction caused by war and the role of arms fairs in perpetuating wars, underdevelopment and human rights abuses.

There is no prescribed mode of prayer or worship and all Christian gatherings and individuals are welcome to join in.

The Day marks the start of 'Stop Week', from 14 to 21 June 2009, an annual week of action organised by CAAT.

In 2009 Stop Week will focus on the UK Government's support for the arms industry through United Kingdom Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO).

One particular focus is the world's largest arms fair, the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition (DSEi), which is scheduled to take place in London in September 2009.

The CAAT Christian Network has produced a Day of Prayer Pack with suggestions for worship, including prayers, Bible readings and studies, plus background briefings on UKTI, arms fairs and the UK's role in the arms trade.

Alun Morinan, co-ordinator of the CAAT Christian Network, explains: “For Christians, reflection and prayer are important ways to link our faith to action. Turning swords into ploughshares is not just a biblical injunction but an inspiration to our modern world to act against war and those who wage it.”

For more information about Stop Week as a whole, go here: http://www.caat.org.uk/events/stopweek09.php

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