A paper outlining moves towards a New Remembrance aimed at investing in peace-building rather than glorifying war-making has been published by the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, coinciding with commemorations of the fabled ‘Christmas Truces’.
'How ought war to be remembered in schools?' is the question David Aldridge asks in the journal Impact, published by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. It is well worth reading alongside Ekklesia's report on 'Re-imagining Remembrance' (www.ekklesia.co.uk/research/reimagining_remembrance).
As a cradle Catholic, missing Sunday Mass was never an option, we went every week without fail. And though I am more flexible these days – I will take a break if I’m tired, or there is a one off event I can’t miss – weekly Mass is still central to my life. Most Sundays will find me, sitting with my family, at the 10am service, where I always appreciate coming before God with my faith community.
This year Remembrance Day and the Sunday events associated with it will have an added poignancy because of the marking of the centenary of the First World War and all the discussion and debate that has occasioned.
The red poppy has been compromised by political expediency and popular sentiment, suggests Jill Segger. Can we step past the current construct and rediscover the enduring meaning of remembrance and its potential to remodel our future?