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Ash Wednesday 2018 Leaflet
Join us for a time of prayer and symbolic action at the Ministry of Defence on Ash Wednesday 14 February 2018. We will reflect on our own need of repentance and conversion and call our Government to repent of its involvement in nuclear war preparations. We will also be inspired by the encouragement of Pope Francis and other religious leaders and the success of the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty in 2017.
We meet at 3.00pm in Whitehall Gardens (closest to Embankment station. Come out of station on rive-side and turn right and walk to Whitehall Gardens)
An opportunity for Pax Christi members and supporters in Scotland to meet and share their work for peace and explore future options. Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi will facilitate the day.
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.
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!