The following individuals have been nominated to stand for the Christian CND Executive Committee. In order to assist members in making their choice, each candidate had the opportunity to submit a short statement in support of their application. You can vote online here.
I am a very committed, driven and purposeful leader with a wealth of experience in being part of a committee, from being a driven committee/equality union officer with the Equity trade union to being an ambassador for the Peace One Day organisation, as an Autistic and disabled Recording Artist and Ministry leader, fighting inequality and promoting world peace has been the core of what God has laid upon me to spread and is leading me to this post and will diligently stand and deliver with solidarity and purpose! My favourite mantra about doing a good job is “Never Let it Rest until your Good is Better, and your Better’s Best”!
I think I should continue to help lead Christian CND because I believe that the permanent abolition of nuclear weapons depends on their being globally rejected for moral reasons and that Christians have the motivation and the means to greatly assist this process. I will strive to keep us clearly focussed on this aspect, in promoting the Nuclear Ban Treaty. I have active connections with Pax Christi and I am also a member of CND, CCADD, NJPN and Kingston Peace Council and strive to maintain nuclearmorality.com. If there is a contested election for the CCND Executive with the possibility to bring in new and more active candidates then I would consider withdrawing my nomination to aid their election. I see this also as one way to help us develop the practice of having active and closely connected involvement of non-executive members.
I was on the exec for four years until personal reasons made it impossible for me to continue. I attended most exec meetings during that time and chaired many. I regularly attended AGMs, Embassy Walks and NPT Prep Com in both Geneva and Vienna. I helped with the CCND stall for 2 years at Green Belt and am personally known to most members of the current exec.
I have been in the CCND Exec for a year now and would like to continue working in this capacity with the organisation. I am still very passionate about eradicating nuclear weapons and would welcome the chance to continue to contribute where I can. My vision for CCND remains the same, that we would enable and educate the church on the importance of this issue and I hope I given the chance to continue to do that as a member of the CCND Exec.
50 years ago, The Troubles began in Northern Ireland, the Catholic area of The Falls is where I was born and spent much of my childhood. When The Troubles began, I was married with 2 young children and living in Romford. There was nothing for me to do but pray. So I prayed for an answer to the terrible situation for 10 years.
Then in 1980 I saw a poster at the back of our church saying that Catholic and Protestant brothers were coming to London with 20,000 young people to pray for peace. I went along to the meeting in the Anglican Church in Romford. There I met two brothers from Taize and one lady Moly Dedman. We were asked to find homes for the pilgrims and to contact all the other Christian churches. The result was we welcomed 260 pilgrims to Romford for four days of Taize style prayer which was accepted by all the churches.
I know now that the holy Spirit had guided me that November night, stepping out of my Catholic bubble and have a complete growth of heart. I believe if we are to be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our vocation as Christians, we must join hands with people of other faith. We should be able to retain our identity and allow them to retain theirs’.
Together to work for a world peace while growing in love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
The ministry, I believe God has given me, includes campaigning on peace and justice issues. I see serving on the Christian CND Executive Committee as part of this ministry. I have been on the committee for a total of 14 years, but not continually. I also represent Christian CND on the CND Council.
I live in a village in Oxfordshire and I am part of a free evangelical church in my village. I work on electronics used in science.
I wish to help continue Caroline’s desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons, in particular the need for cooperation with other organisations and representation at UN events. I intend improving on my first year as treasurer as I was seriously distracted by Caroline’s illness and the lockdown but I am catching up with the finances.
I have worked for 30+ years in automative engineering, taking early retirement last summer. I now represent Pax Christi at the NTR and ICAN meetings each month.
I am IT literate and bring a level of organisation learned through many challenges in industry.
I’m recovering well from a serious accident, will soon have a new Zoom-capable laptop, am in close touch with Bangor and Ynys Mon Peace Group. I’ve previously served on Christian CND Council (first elected, later representing Anglican Pacifist Fellowship). I was one of two founders of Hillingdon CND in the early 1980s, later NVDA Officer for Twickenham CND.I took part in Snowball actions, was a Snowball speaker in the south of England, was on the Halcyon Spirit rota with my children, also one of two organisers of APF Rogation Prayer Walks at Molesworth
During the 1990s, I created and maintained databases, minuted meetings, helped to organise events for Church and Peace (Britain and Ireland) and Clergy Against Nuclear Arms. I was also Secretary to the parish council, chaired Colchester parish Justice and Peace group, also a member of Brentwood Diocesan Ethical Investment Group
I’m still associated with APF and a small Birmingham-based Church and Peace group. I can’t claim the energy I once had, but would like to be more closely associated with CCND.
I am 84 and currently co-chair. I was baptised and confirmed as Anglican. After conscientious objection to military service, serving in the Friends Ambulance Unit, I became a Quaker. I taught English and Drama in Sierra Leone and England when my children were young. Cruise Missiles brought me back into active pacifism.
I joined CND, I helped found the Dorset Peace Council, and switched to teaching peace education for the P.P.U, followed by “Conflict Resolution in the classroom and the wider world” in teacher-training. Then I was secretary of the C.R.S, and served the Gandhi Foundation.
Aims for 2021? Republication of John Ferguson’s “The Politics of Love”, a Bible based study of early non-violent Christianity. Secondly, a CCND meeting at Methodist Central Hall, now booked for next July, celebrating ratification(?) of the UN’s TPNW. Thirdly, supporting fellow committee members in charting CCND’s way forward in cooperation with other peace groups.
I became involved in Christian CND back in 1982, both in support of my wife, Patricia, and because it was clearly a moral thing to do. The ungodly threat posed by weapons of mass destruction has to be be actively resisted by people of faith.
We are the hands of Christ, who did not ascend without giving us the Holy Spirit, who we can rely on for strength and guidance.
Things I’ve enjoyed in Christian CND: Making banners, interactive exhibits and wearable Trident subs. for street theatre. Helping demonstrators understand and avoid risks. Contact with Embassies and visits abroad to NPT UN meetings. Editing Ploughshare. Writing to papers. Producing the ‘Churches’ Guide’ and cartoons. Most of all, being with terrific people!
I have served on the Exec for many years, some may say too long, as coordinator(not a current role), co-chair and ordinary member but this has given me experience ranging from NVDA and imprisonment, talk- giving, radio and TV broadcasting, international and embassy work.
What is most important to me in the campaign now is to enable the general church population to see nuclear weapons as a moral and indeed Christian concern. Grass-root work is my passion, personal relationships both with supporters and antagonists my vocation and maybe my skill.
I still think I have much to offer CCND and continuing as an exec member the best way I can serve. I see the message as more important than the messenger and hope I can still deliver it in the best way possible.
I am Catholic by practice though half Anglican and half Catholic Anglican . This has led me to have an ecumenical and interfaith outlook. This lead me to join the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), of which I am still on the committee of my local branch
I initially got involved with the peace movement when I got involved with Pax Christi as part of an attempt to live a more active faith. Through the CCJ I attended a meeting and met someone from the Gandhi Foundation which seemed to be the place to integrate both my peace and ecumenical-interfaith activities. After a few years I found myself working for the Gandhi Foundation (though I currently only volunteer with them) and through this it enabled to become more involved with a multitude of different organisations.
I am also on the steering committees of the Wimbledon CND branch and of the Week of World Prayer for Peace.
My name is Bridget and I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge. Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly aware of the fundamental discrepancies between the Bible’s message of peace and the horrors of nuclear weapons. I’ve been a member of Christian CND for a while, including helping to design some merchandise for CCND’s new Teemill store, and I feel that God is calling me to take this next step. I’m particularly interested in getting more young people involved in the organisation – this year I’ve been president of the Cambridge University branch of CND, so I have some experience of the joys and challenges of engaging people my age with nuclear disarmament. I’ve been so excited to see disarmament getting increasing attention within the church recently, and I would love to be a part of this movement towards a future without nuclear weapons.
It has been my joy and privilege to serve as Co-Chair for the last four years. Now that my term has ended, I hope to remain on the Exec team, to help increase awareness of nuclear disarmament among Christians, to see our organisation grow in size and influence, and to support the wider push towards getting rid of these awful weapons once and for all.
I rejoice that our membership is growing among Christians of all ages and denominations, but we are still far smaller than we should be. Nuclear disarmament could and should be the next big issue to which UK churches awaken, and I want to be part of making it happen!
We need to work with the wider peace movement, bringing our distinctive, passionate and hopeful Christian conviction to bear on every aspect. We need a well-run and diverse Exec team to make this happen.