Francis’s town of Assisi was often at war with neighbours such as Perugia. Initially Francis had a fine horse and shining armour. He renounced these things, but while he started to rebuild ruined churches he was in danger from bandits.  It was in these situations that he introduced his brothers to this greeting  “The Lord Give You Peace.”

Commemorating 75 Years Since the Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

On Thursday we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with an online vigil broadcast around the world. The event featured reflections, poetry and songs from APF members and dignitaries. You can watch a full recording of the vigil here; This is one reflection from APF Trustee Geoff Smith that […]

The Greatest Hope of All

The Easter message of Jesus rising from the dead is simply the greatest message of hope there has ever been. Nothing else in this world can ever provide a hope like that. A hope that can be shared by everyone. And this world could certainly do with some hope right now. With the Covid 19 Pandemic and the suffering and fear which that is causing.

Honour the Dead

The Poet Shirley Murray died earlier this year. HONOUR THE DEAD, A Hymn for Anzac Day, is one of her finest poems. Here I reflect on the words

A Peacemakers Reflection for Passion Sunday during Covid 19

Were our Churches still to have been open I would have been preaching about the raising of Lazarus on Passion Sunday 29th March. I was really looking forward to sharing the message of this story from the pulpit. To me, next to the Easter Day Resurrection accounts, this must be one of the most thrilling passages in the Gospels, this amazing story of Jesus beating death in the face and raising Lazarus from the dead.

Syria – What Can the Church Do?

Night after night it seems we have watched on our television screens the tragedy which has been Syria for the past 9 years.  Since 2011 there have been over 200,000 casualties, 25,000 of the children. So what can we do?

Bright World

Working for APF challenges and changes me.  Spending a day with the Bargn Nuri Community from South Korea was another one of those experiences.

Shepherd’s and Angels – Luke 2

In this account of the birth of Jesus nothing is quite as we would expect. For those involved, even if there were precedents or prophecies, the actual happenings were uniquely, and often uncomfortably, out of the ordinary.

Carol for the World

In 2001, as the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks continued, I became uncomfortably aware of the approach of Christmas, and wondered whether it would be especially difficult this year to sing carols about peace and goodwill, as anger and aggression seemed to have the upper hand. During December I wrote "Carol for the world", to draw myself and others back to the implications of Jesus' birth.

Letter to a Young Activist

All over the world people are demonstrating on powerful issues. Causes and ideals that shape people’s hearts and mind, focuses their prayers and action. But so often a commitment to a cause can be exhausting and demoralising. It can be divisive and you can be left feeling disillusioned and powerless.

A Bit of a Cheek: Matthew 5. 38 – 45

The Sermon on the Mount contains three small word pictures that have become part of our every-day language; ‘Turn the other cheek, give them your coat also and go the extra mile.’ Yet I suspect quite a lot of the people using these phrases have no idea that they are the words of Jesus.

The Humility of Easter

The trouble with peace is that it is not spectacular enough. Peacemakers have difficulty in making the news headlines... But what about Jesus?


We hate being helpless and vulnerable, and we spend much energy, time and money on building up our defences, even though we know that the Blessings are given to people poor in spirit and meek, to people who are mourners and peacemakers.

Remembrance & Healing

Each year on Remembrance Sunday I remember the cemetery at Salerno, I remember the uncle I never knew except through photos,  I remember the sadness, the pain that war leaves in its wake. And I remember the words on his grave stone: It is sad to pen a memorial for one we loved so dear.

Love in the time of Trump

I’ve been looking at all the posts on social media around John McCain - those lifting up his good points and those lifting up his bad points - and I’ve found myself asking, when is enough, enough? How can we honour the good while not discounting the bad, even when it is repugnant to us?

How should we remember?

Anglican Peacemakers across the UK are looking to the Centenary of the Armistice as a time in which we view ‘remembering’ as one stage in a continually journey towards peace. So how will you remember?

They Have Not Kept the Peace

When you see how many of these ‘tests’ have been carried out you have to ask, what could we possibly need to know about nuclear weaponry that we did not find out at Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

The Pitfalls of Nuclear Deterrence?

A Year on… It’s a year since the United Nations decided to adopt a Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons but so far the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are showing no signs of being willing to renounce their nuclear weapons. Deterrence is generally understood to mean: “Dissuasion of a potential […]

Inspired by Vera Brittain

  Some years ago Shirley Williams had arranged to give a lecture for the Movement for the Abolition of War, and I was aware that her mother was Vera Brittain, author of Testament of Youth and other books, and a strong anti-war campaigner. I read Testament of Youth and it inspired this song Vera, which I later sang at the […]

Conferring Peacemakers!

  Over the past weekend Anglican Pacifist Members joined other peace groups (FOR and MPF) in Leeds for their annual conference; Letting in the Light: Positive Steps for Peace in a Turbulent World. Although she was unable to attend, former APF Chairman, Mary Roe sent this wonderful reflection.   Greetings to all conferring peacemakers! Although I […]

CofE Articles and USA 2nd Amendment

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

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 […]

Royal Births

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 […]

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 ( he warned them about the rise of the growing menace of the Industrial […]

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