Lessons from the Cross; what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can remind us this Good Friday.
The Sin of the Nuclear Arms Race The Nuclear Arms Race is beginning again. A race in which there are no winners, and all will be losers if the stadium is destroyed. So once more two great nations and some seedy little ones are enslaving themselves to an evil deity – Wotan, Mars, Sopona […]
Call for a change of heart by American citizens? The Church of England Article 37 (of the 39 Articles of Religion, 1562) ends with the sentence; “It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, and serve in the wars.” The Second Amendment of the Constitution of […]
The Outstretched Arms God is Love God send Love in Person a tiny helpless trusting BABY arms outstretched to his mother Jesus Emmanuel. And at the heart of Love a cross agony darkness and on that cross arms outstretched to the world Jesus, Saviour. Love triumphant glorious Easter light empty tomb “Go,” he said “Be […]
Why did God choose Mary, a stable and all the suffering and risk that the birth of Jesus came with? The answer can be found in the air conditioned suite at St Mary’s Hospital London The Risk There is another royal birth on the way and Princess Kate can expect it to be the […]
The Evangelical Case Against War and For Gospel Peace
I have seen a few media reports that criticise the white poppy as disrespectful. I desperately don’t want to be disrespectful, so I’m explaining why I feel the need to wear one this Remembrance.
New APF member Azariah France-Williams reflects on APF's 80th Anniversary Celebration and the future of the peace movement.
Consider the question - Can we justify evil if the end intention is good?
As we remember the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945, we can’t help but ask, how far have we come in 72 years?
Throughout history, The Old Testament has been used to justify violence, but read the bible this way, and see that a peaceful story and challenge emerges
“I read in a newspaper about a woman who crossed Europe on foot to find her husband, and I was so moved that I made the sculpture. Then I thought that it wasn’t only about the reunion of two people but hopefully a reunion of nations which had been fighting”, said Josefina.
'I took the wood from a refugee boat that sank in the Mediterranean Sea and made a cross. Here's what it reminds us.'
Donald Reece's remembers the Assumption story of Bernard Mizeke this Easter
One of the functions of our little Society is to encourage people to put peace first and remember previous battles last. So would naming the Sunday before Easter, Donkey Sunday, be a tiny step in the right direction?
Want to know how an EU immigrant feels living in the UK these days?
In a world full of violence and suffering, motherly love has a great deal to teach us about the true heart of God.
Oh, yes? Well, maybe… Have you ever stumbled across something that made you stop and think? The other day I was de-cluttering my attic, home to the accumulated junk of many years, and I came across an old sticker. I can’t remember where I got it from, or how long I have had it. In […]
I don’t know if you have ever thought, About the meaning of Christmas time, So I sat right at my desk last night and wrote out this little rhyme.
At Christmas let us remember the name Emmanuel and celebrate its miracle in our lives.
APF Member Meg Hartfield is a talent poet. Here she combines her passion for peace-making with her poetry. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train […]
On the back of his hand he carried a mark, dark and deliberate, not done for a lark. A tattoo ingrained there for life, “Never again” it read, Important to him, less so for his wife.
Rev'd Donald Reece consider positive stories of Remembrance for Peace Building
Is violence ever a sign of hope? Jo Inkpin reflects on the contemporary political pain struggles across the world and consider how we find hope.
Happy Birthday Tony Bennett! Harry Belafonte, Dr. Martin Luther King, Tony Bennett On a recent visit to my local library my eye was caught by one of the books on display. The cover was a photo of the author, someone I admire – Tony Bennett. I heard Tony Bennett singing in my youth but […]
“We cannot compromise on our national security, we cannot outsource the grave responsibility we shoulder for keeping our people safe, and we cannot abandon our ultimate safeguard out of misplaced idealism.That would be a reckless gamble; a gamble that would enfeeble our allies and embolden our enemies; a gamble with the safety and security […]
JESUS says Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5.44 And here are some of my favourite examples of that in action; In 1943 LEONARD WILSON, interned by the Japanese in Singapore, was taken to Changi prison and endured two days of torture. Bound to a table he […]
This article has been adapted from chapter 8 of The Lives Around Us: Daily Meditations for Nature Connection by Dan Papworth. In this chapter, Dan Papworth seeks to discover what the Magpie can teach us about seeking peace and trust in the face of an uncertain world. Unanswered Questions She is, of course, another crow (Corvid) […]
Here's a 5 step guide to building Peace across the dinner table!
We may not know how to go on praying when we know about brutal injustice and countless victims of bombs and bullets, but Jesus does not have compassion fatigue.
“War, as a method of settling international disputes, is incompatible with the teaching and example of Our Lord Jesus Christ” . Yet, throughout this century, the argument of ‘Realism’ has been used to justify war. In doing so the teachings of Christ have had to be side-lined, diluted or even ignored.
Are you a pacifist? And if so, when did you realise you were one? Here APF Vice Chair, Sue Clayton tells the story of how she became a pacifist some 25 years ago.
Today I realised a scary fact; that although we live in the most peaceful century in human history, in the last 7 years the world is getting progressively less peaceful. So where should we stand?
In a world that is becoming divided by fear, gaining a greater understanding of each other’s beliefs seems vital. Here’s one man’s story of doing just that.
“For we are not contending against flesh and blood but against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6 verse 12 When President Dwight D Eisenhower gave a Presidential address to the American Nation on 17th January 1961 (https://youtu.be/8y06NSBBRtY) he warned them about the rise of the growing menace of the Industrial […]
This Valentine’s Day we, at the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, are launching our Peacemaker Blog because after all, our commitment to Christian Peace is all about our belief in love right?