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Austin SmithHouse, 96 Ivor Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4NX
Open to all. There are 20 free places offered for the programme funded by the Conforti Institute. See flyer
The study-guide is available from Pax Christi
An annual event in recognition of Conscientious Objectors past and present, is coordinated by the First World War Peace Forum, of which Pax Christi is a member.
Speakers Selam Kidane (on military service situation in Eritrea) and Hannah Brock of War Resisters International (on situation in South Korea, and new laws in Sweden). There will also be readings and music as part of the ceremony.
Our fourth annual International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil – Peace and Justice, Edinburgh
- Singing with Protest in Harmony
- Speakers: Descendants of First World War COs
- Reading the Names of COs from the WW1 to the present.
- Collecting post card signatures to support contemporary COs in prison.
Opposing War Memorial Design Launch.
Edinburgh based artist Kate Ive’s design for a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors and all who oppose war will be unveiled. Doors 6:10 pm open for a cup of Tea. Pax Christi is a part of this group.
Come meet the artist. Hear about her creative process, view a maquette of her engaging design. And find out how you can get involved in creating the sculpture and supporting the project. Historian Dr. Lesley Orr will speak about opposition to the First World War in Scotland and introduce Kate.
Following the offer of a site in Princes St Gardens, a World Heritage site that is visited by millions of people, a consortium of civil society groups and peace campaigns held a competition and invited four artists to submit designs for a memorial to conscientious objectors and all who oppose war. The artists engaged with descendants of COs, academics and adult learners who have been investigating conscientious objectors of the First World War. Edinburgh based artist Kate Ive’s design has been selected and a maquette will be unveiled at the launch event.
Kate Ive’s winning design will pay tribute to First World War COs whose resistance laid the groundwork for a wider peace movement that continues to this day and will continue into the future. Organisers hope the finished sculpture will be installed by April next year, the centenary of the end of the First World War for COs who were imprisoned until April 1918.
Each generation of peace campaigners provides the resources to strengthen the next generation. Join us at The Peace Museum and discover how peace campaigners in the Nineteenth Century produced the songs which encouraged those who opposed the First World War. Their words even inspired Martin Luther King 50 years later. Those generations of war-resisters can inspire us today.
This talk, given by Clive Barrett, will be looking at the poems, hymns and songs that inspired conscientious objectors, drawing from three sources: personal diaries, graffiti from the prison cells of Richmond Castle, and especially from an item in the collection of The Peace Museum, “The Conscientious Objector’s Song Book”, 1916. It will be an illustrated talk, including sound recordings, and even the opportunity to join in!
This is the 40th Annual Conference of the National Justice and Peace Network. This year the conference is organised in partnership with Apostleship of the Sea, Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice and Prison Advice and Care Trust.
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Join us in the Piazza of Westminster Cathedral, London on both days between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Prayers at 11.30 and 3.30
Here you can download service outlines with prayers, litanies and readings for use on either day and other resources and background on nuclear weapons today, for stalls and events.