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Keep up-to-date with Pax Christi and other peace-related events.  If you are organising a Pax Christi event in your own area send us details and we will post them here.

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May
3
Fri
Westminster Abbey: Nuclear Weapons ‘Celebration’ @ Westminster Abbey
May 3 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Pax Christi will gather outside Westminster Abbey if the service goes ahead on May 3rd

Anti-nuclear campaigners have condemned plans to host a thanksgiving service for Britain’s nuclear weapons system at Westminster Abbey.

Pax Christi, Christian CND and other campaigners will gather from 1130 close to Westminster Abbey to protest the event. 

Protest location is outside Barclay’s Bank on Victoria Street. Witness begins at 12pm. 

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: “It’s morally repugnant that a service of thanksgiving for Britain’s nuclear weapons system is due to be held at Westminster Abbey. This sends out a terrible message to the world about our country. It says that here in Britain we celebrate weapons – in a place of worship – that can kill millions of people.

 

 

May
15
Wed
Nakba Anniversary @ Coventry Cathedral
May 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

The 15th May 2019 is the 71st anniversary of the Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe). We commemorate the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 400 Palestinian towns and villages to make way for the State of Israel.

Pax Christi members and friends will gather from 1145 outside Coventry Cathedral for a silent Vigil

For more details email Ann: annfarr46@gmail.com

 

International Conscientious Objector Day @ Tavistock Square
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Annual event supported by Pax Christi, Peace Pledge Union, Quakers, Conscience, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, War Resisters International and others.

Witness of COs presented through readings, poems and song. Information

Jun
15
Sat
Stop the Arms Fair Network meeting @ St Hilda's East Community Centre
Jun 15 @ 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Stop the Arms Fair Network meeting @ St Hilda's East Community Centre

DSEI will be fast approaching by the 8th June, so we will gather together at St Hilda’s East Community Centre in London to pin down our plans and get more people involved. More info on the CAAT website

Jun
29
Sat
Save the Earth Abolish War Conference @ Mander Hall National Education Union HQ
Jun 29 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

The conference will examine the theme of militarism and the environment. The morning sessions concentrate on how war and preparation for war accelerate climate change. In
the afternoon, the focus is on the abolition of war, drawing on past initiatives. “The elephant in the kitchen when it comes to Climate Change is clearly the world’s military. The world spends something like 2 trillion US dollars a year on its military. At
least half of that vast sum goes on military production with a massive CO2 output. The military are both a major cause of climate change and hence, of the conflicts which result
from the movement of peoples as deserts spread.” Bruce Kent, President of MAW, Vice President of CND

“If we’re going to win on climate we have to make sure we are counting carbon
completely, not exempting different things like military emissions because it is politically
inconvenient to count them. The atmosphere certainly counts the carbon from the
military, therefore we must as well.” Stephen Kretzmann, Director, Oil Change
International.

“…if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or
white. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a
civilization or we don’t. We have to change.” Greta Thunberg, Climate activist

Download the full programme Here

Jul
26
Fri
Annual Justice and Peace Conference @ The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm
Annual Justice and Peace Conference @ The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Pope Francis calls us to be ‘… a Church which is poor and for the poor’. To be with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face.

Conference 2019 will work with Church Action on Poverty who are undertaking a three year project to challenge the Churches about where they put their resources. It will hear from ‘communities of praxis’ who are already involved on the margins, and engage in social analysis and theological reflection from the perspective of those on the margins.

Join us in 2019 to explore mission, theological reflection and social action with people who have been pushed to the margins of society by poverty.

Aug
6
Tue
Leeds Women in Black: For Palestine & Israel @ Dortmund Square
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pax Christi members are supporting a new Women in Black vigil in Leeds, focussed on Palestine. It will happen on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning in August. Join them if you can!

Sep
3
Tue
No Faith In War – Stop DSEI Arms Fair 2019 @ The Excel Centre
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It takes place in London’s Docklands every two years. It is due to return in September 2019.

Pax Christi and other faith based organisations will be present on the No Faith in War day – Tuesday 3rd September

General info here.   Timetable of the day here.

Note that Pax Christi is leading the procession from St Anne’s Church at 10am to the East Gate. We will stop briefly several times en route for an adapted Stations of the Cross liturgy.

Briefing and Making Day with London Catholic Worker on 18th August here

Sep
9
Mon
Vigil at DSEI Arms Fair @ London Docklands
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Pax Christi, Quaker Peace and Social Witness group, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, and friends, for a candle-lit silent vigil on the eve of the Arms Fair.  Be a witness for a world without weapons. More information: here

Oct
2
Wed
Celebrating Nonviolence @ Bloomsbury Baptist Church
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

On International Day of Nonviolence, and Gandhi’s 150 birthday, we will  gather to reflect on the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative to celebrate the creativity of nonviolence.

Flyer here

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