This year marks the 74th anniversary of the dropping of nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (6 August) and Nagasaki (9 August). Hundreds of thousands of people died and were horrifically injured, while millions continue to live with the consequences of the bombs to this day. Events take place across the world to remember those who died, to share in the grief of those who are still affected, and to call for an end to nuclear weapons so that the world never has to witness the horror of nuclear weapons again.
Christians have always played a key part in remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and in attempting to bring people together in reconciliation. Christian CND has been marking the days in prayer, as well as attending events, for decades and this year members around the country were involved.
In Coventry Christian CND Co-Chair Martin Tiller participated in annual commemoration at the Cathedral. Christian CND Exec member Geraldine Ellis helped organise the event in Maldon, Essex while others attended services in Oxford, London and Nottingham.
In Scotland Christian CND member Revd David Mumford was among those gathering in the grounds of St. Anne’s Episcopal/Methodist Church in Dunbar to pray for reconciliation and disarmament across the world. Aberdeenshire Christian CND was well represented at the local commemoration in St Andrews Cathedral.