On Wednesday 14 February Christian CND joined Pax Christi and others for the annual Ash Wednesday Witness at the Ministry of Defence in London. The key message of the day was that the government must repent from the current position on nuclear weapons and engage with the United Nations Ban Treaty.
Despite the awful weather the turn out was very good and spirits were raised by coming together for this event. Ribbons were tied to the fence to represent the 122 nations who voted in favour of the Ban Treaty last year. At a time when we remember Jesus’ time in the desert and His temptations, we seek God to help us with the struggles we face.
Whatever you are giving up for Lent, please join us in praying that the UK will give up nuclear weapons and sign up to the Ban Treaty.
Members of the Christian CND Executive attended a meeting at Church House on Saturday 10 February hosted by Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford. The title of the meeting was “Can Nuclear Weapons be Banned?” and looked to build on recent progress including the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Ahead of the meeting Bishop Stephen wrote in Church Times about the need for the Church of England to engage in efforts for a nuclear weapons free world.
A full report of the meeting will appear here later, but below are a few of the photos from the occasion.
January 24 marks the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly passing it’s very first resolution. It was passed by consensus and established a commission of the UN Security Council to ensure ‘the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’
Since that time Christians around the world have been working and praying for a world free of nuclear weapons. This work continues today. We hope you will join Christian CND in praying alongside us and by becoming a member. This is a vital time for our work.
Can nuclear weapons be banned?
Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford invites you to a discussion.
1 pm, Saturday, 10th February Westminster Room, Church House.
The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in achieving the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Most countries, most Churches, support the ban on nuclear weapons.
What can members of the Church of England do?
Sandwich lunch & drinks.
For more details contact Caroline Gilbert 07384 602947 or firstname.lastname@example.org