A Drowned-Out Truth

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

Palm Sunday? Why not Donkey Sunday!

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?

“WAR IS OVER. If You Want It.”

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 […]

Swords into Ploughshares

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 […]

The Back of his Hand

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.

A Song we Should all Sing

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 […]

Think we need Trident? You hypocrite!

  “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 […]

Keep Calm and Love Your Enemies

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 […]

Magpie: peace and trust in the face of uncertainty

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) […]

Jesus Wept

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.

The Temptation of “Realism”

“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.

My Road to Damascus

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.

This is not an April Fool!

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?

The Global Industrial Military Complex

“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 […]

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  1. Faith & Peace Exhibition

    October 21 - November 19
  2. Peace Church in a world of conflict? A day of reflection & discussion

    October 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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    October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. World Religions for Peace Conference

    November 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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