Christians are being encouraged to “share a little peace with their neighbours”, in the form of a new booklet from the Methodist Church.
Lavishly illustrated, A Gift of Peace features quotes from the Bible as well as reflections on peace from a variety of authors including Lao Tzu, Benjamin Franklin and Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
Churches are encouraged to give the booklets away as well as using them for personal or small group reflection.
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Alison Tomlin, said she hoped the booklet “will enrich the way we think and pray about peace and will help people to make a little more space in their lives for reflection”.
The Methodist Church includes people with a range of views on the ethics of peace and war. At a national level, the Church has taken a stand against nuclear arms and has recently spoken out against the proposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system.
“In the midst of an increasingly chaotic and unsettled world, we all need God’s peace more than ever,” said Tomlin.
The booklet heralds the re-launch of the In Your Pocket series. The Methodist Church says that the revised edition contains brand new images and quotations on peace, but retains the look and feel of its predecessor. Other planned titles include A Gift of Love, A Gift of Easter and A Gift of Christmas.