Christian CND events

Saturday 15 May @ 0915 – Christian CND and Pax Christi invite you to join us for silent reflection and prayer for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

The current situation in Israel and Palestine is deeply distressing. As Christians we believe that violence, suffering and conflict have no place on God’s earth and that we are called to work and pray for peace in all circumstances. On Saturday 15 May, Nakba Day, people around the world will gather for Circles of Silence to reflect on the events of the past few weeks and to pray for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Christian CND and Pax Christi invite you to gather with us on Zoom from 0915 for 30 minutes for periods of silent reflection and the chance to pray together.

Please do join us by registering for the Zoom link.

10-27 May: Christian CND is joining other groups in the Network of Christian Peace Organisations to present Key Issues Facing Christians Today – a series of webinars exploring racism, climate change and militarism. There will be a chance to hear from campaigners and leading thinkers as well as plenty of opportunity to share ideas and experiences. See more information on the NCPO website.

During May we are joining in with the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative and will hosting prayer meetings during that time:

Monday 17 May @ noon
Thursday 20 May @ 8pm

At the end of the Thy Kingdom Come period we will be hosting a 24 hour prayer room. With larger gatherings at the start and end, someone will be online for the whole 24 hour period to pray, reflect or just have a friendly chat. We’ll start at 9am on Saturday 22 May and finish at 9am on Sunday 23 May.

UK events

10 April – 17 May: Global Days of Action on Military Spending. The focus for 2021 will be the joint crises of the pandemic and the climate emergency and how militarism exacerbates both, by squandering vital public resources and undermining essential international cooperation. https://demilitarize.org.uk/global-days-of-action/
Key dates:

  • 10 April – Campaign launch
  • 26 April – SIPRI figures on Global Military Spending
    • Twitterstorm
    • Street stalls / flyposting
  • 30 April – International day of action against foreign bases
    • Demonstration at Menwith Hill US spybase
  • 1 May – International workers’ day and the second anniversary of UK declaring a climate emergency.
  • 9 May – EU Day – Celebration of Peace and Unity.
  • 17 May – US tax day

15 May:  International Conscientious Objectors’ Day. Events worldwide. The annual event in Tavistock Square, London, will be online again in 2021, at 4.30pm. See https://www.ppu.org.uk/international-conscientious-objectors-day

9 June: How to talk about Hiroshima. An online workshop. 6pm-7.30pm. This is a workshop for people who believe deeply that the atomic  bombings in August 1945 were wrong, and who are frustrated by the conversations they have with people who don’t see things the same way.  This workshop is a chance to improve your skills and your knowledge, along with like-minded folk, so that these conversations can be more useful to everyone involved. PN editor Milan Rai is leading this online workshop as part of Peace News’ 85th anniversary celebrations. If you’d like to attend, please fill out this short questionnaire by 26 May and we will get back to you! A link for the meeting will be sent out on 28 May: https://tinyurl.com/talking-Hiroshima

19 June: 6th Annual Celebration of the London Peace Pagoda. 2pm. Check with the London Dojo on 020 7228 9620 for details. https://londonpeacepagoda.wordpress.com/

23 – 25 July: NJPN (National Justice and Peace) Conference. 2021: Life on Earth – moment of truth’ is the theme. Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick. https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/

6 August: Hiroshima Day.

6 – 9 August: Annual International Hiroshima-Nagasaki Fast and Days of Action against Nuclear Weapons. In the UK the fast and actions will take place near the Ministry of Defence, London, in Bristol, Plymouth and other places. You are welcome to join the actions, whether you intend to fast or not. For details contact Michal on 01822 834452, michal@calstock.org.uk

9 August: Nagasaki Day.
Anniversary of the execution of Franz Jägerstätter. Join Pax Christi to mark the anniversary of the execution of Austrian Catholic conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter.  More info later:  https://paxchristi.org.uk/
Annual Peace Walk in London from Westminster Cathedral (TBC) to the London Peace Pagoda, followed by a Lantern-Lighting ceremony at sunset. 020 7228 9620

For UK peace events see: http://www.networkforpeace.org.uk

International Events

For more international events see:
International Peace Bureau
Reaching Critical Will (a project of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom)
Friends Committee on National Legislation