Ekklesia proposes non-violent alternatives to military action as well as peace-making strategies. Ekklesia hit the headlines in 2002 by proposing public consideration of strategies for non-violent regime change in Iraq.
At Christmas 1914, four months into World War One, British and German soldiers on the Western front laid down their weapons. They exchanged small gifts, sang carols, buried their dead, and some even kicked a football around.
'Panic Saturday' is behind us. But the panic does not seem to have diminished greatly. The compulsion to buy and the strain of doing so is on almost every tongue. Like many Quakers, I don't give presents. This makes Christmas both easier and more demanding.