Younger Christians gather to learn tools of nonviolence

By staff writers
July 3, 2009

Christians aged around 18-30 will gather in London this evening for a weekend of training in the tools of nonviolence. The event is organised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR) as part of a project to develop practical peacemaking skills.

Participants are expected to include people of many backgrounds and denominations from across Britain. The gathering will include exploration of nonviolence at personal and political levels.

“Nonviolence is a concept activists often talk and think about when working for peace” says FoR's Martha Beale, but she points out that the meaning of the word is often far from clear.

She says this weekend will be a chance to ask "what nonviolence means in practical terms and how it can be applied to our campaigning and our lives”.

FoR is promising expert speakers, skills training, discussions on nonviolence as a tool for social change and the opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals from across the UK.

The training weekend follows a sharp rise in FoR's support amongst younger people in recent years. This autumn will see the fourth annual conference of Called to be Peacemakers, an FoR network also aimed at people aged 18-30.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation is the UK's oldest national Christian peace organisation, having been launched in 1914.

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