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A touring exhibition exploring perspectives on peace from three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam has opened at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. This exhibition looks at the way in which the three faiths promote peace – in their teaching, and in the lives of their people. It tells stories of their peace-makers. It shows how each stresses hospitality and welcome for the stranger, including the stranger of other faiths.
Canon Edmund Newey, Sub Dean of Christchurch expressed his enthusiasm for the exhibition:“Christ Church Cathedral is delighted to host this fascinating and thought-provoking exhibition. Faith is often seen as a cause of violence, but here we learn to drink from the deep well of peace at the heart of Christianity, Judaism and Islam alike.”
Faith and Peace is sponsored by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship (APF) and illustrated with images of artefacts in the collection of The Peace Museum, Bradford, Yorkshire. This year APF celebrates its 80th Anniversary having been established in 1937. A delegation of APF members visited the exhibition on 21st October as part of their 80th Anniversary Day and enjoyed an introduction by The Revd. Dr. Clive Barrett, who is curating the exhibition.
Clive Barrett, Curator and APF staff member, commented: “We are delighted that Christ Church is hosting this exhibition which falls in the 80th Anniversary year of APF. It seems an appropriate way to recognise and honour the peacemakers within the Anglican Communion, alongside our neighbours in other faith traditions. If we all act on the imperative for peace-making in our own faith, perhaps others will see that religion is not the problem but part of the solution for the peace of our world.”
The exhibition stimulates questions such as: What priority do we give to peace-making and nonviolence in our own faith? And it goes on to encourage people of faith to work creatively, side by side with people of other faiths, to learn the things that make for peace.
Liz Firth, Peace Education Worker at The Peace Museum, Bradford added: “Just producing the exhibition has been a work of peace-making! Several of the original artworks have been produced through by mixed-faith groups of women in Bradford, through the Peace Museum here. Making these has helped to build relationships between women of very different backgrounds. Some were Christian women who have never travelled outside Yorkshire; others were Muslim Syrian refugees.”
The exhibition will be on tour throughout 2018. If you are interested in hosting the exhibition in your church or community contact APF,
Faith and Peace: Perspectives from Three Religions.
an exhibition sponsored by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, 21 October – 20 November 2017….and onwards throughout the UK in 2018.
Images below: Clive Barrett introduces the exhibition; APF members viewing the exhibition; The Tree of Life created by a mixed-faith group in Bradford.