Time to invest in unarmed forces

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Commenting on Christian Peacemaker Teams' training initiative in the UK and the government's Armed Forces Day on 27 June 2009, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, said:

"At the end of June 2009 the government is encouraging us to mark 'Armed Forces Day'. What we need more than ever in today's conflict-ridden world, however, is a massive increase in unarmed forces. There are plenty who go into conflict zones with guns, contracts and foreign policy agendas. Often this just makes things worse. What we need instead are professionally equipped, skilled and creative peacemakers who can get to root causes and work for change with those on the ground. This is what Christian Peacemaker Teams uses its experience and knowledge to do."

He continued: ""As part of our work in promoting fresh ideas and perspectives on alternatives to violence and armed conflict, Ekklesia is therefore delighted to work in partnership with Christian Peacemaker Teams in the UK and globally."

The think-tank has also produced resources for Armed Forces Day, giving people the opportunity to look at practical alternatives to war and violence. http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/resources/armed_forces_day

CPT UK will be conducting its Peacemaker Corps Training in October 2009 for a group of 10-15 applicants from Europe and the UK. For more information and a contact go to http://www.cptuk.org.uk/training For more information about the content of the training, see: http://www.cpt.org/resources/training