Lord Michael Bates sets off on his Walk for Peace on 4 August. He is walking 1,000 miles from London to Berlin to raise funds for medical care for child victims of war.
A patron of the London Peace Network and a vigorous promoter of the Olympic Truce and non-violence, he walked from London to Olympia in 2011-12 and in aid of the children of Syria last year.
This year, his route reminds us of the horrific C20th conflicts which started in Europe and what happens when we are unable to resolve our differences without resorting to violence.
The walk is also raising awareness of the innocent victims of current conflict – children.
Sponsorship for the walk is going to Peace Village International, a German charity which helps children in areas of war and crisis.
Follow Lord Bates on twitter @BatesLord, keep him going with messages of goodwill and encouragement, sponsor the walk and follow his progress on his Walk for Peace blog as he starts out from Westminster Abbey on 4th August after the “lights out” ceremony – a solemn commemoration of Britain declaring war in 1914.
He arrives in Berlin on 2nd October, the UN International Day of Non-Violence.
From the Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace. This is what they say:
“All of us are going through difficult, sensitive and emotional days. But it’s time for someone to stand up and say what is on everybody’s mind. Even though it hurts.
We invite you to watch, and if you agree with our message we invite you to share and support it. It’s important that everyone knows the truth.”
Peace flyers for Islamic centres, synagogues, churches and meeting houses are now ready!
Click on the images below to download the flyers.
Send links to friends, colleagues, neighbours and networks, encouraging them to open up their places of worship, inviting in neighbouring communities and visitors during peace weekend.
Flyer for Islamic centres
Flyer for synagogues and Jewish centres.
Flyer for churches, Meeting Houses and Christian centres.
We are delighted that the Quakers have added their support this year, and that Religions for Peace UK are also encouraging their members to get involved.
Islamic centres will be receiving visitors on Friday 19 September, synagogues on Saturday 20 September and churches and Meeting Houses on Sunday 21 September.
Everyone participating will be part of a world wide weekend of action for peace-making, truce, reconciliation, mediation, ceasefire and a celebration of peace-building.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact the people listed on the flyers or the London Peace Network.
An opportunity to explore the happiness within, through discussions and meditations on Sunday 20th July, 3pm to 5pm, at Norwood Green Hall, Norwood Green Road, Southall, UB2 4LA.
Booking essential – email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07956 337117.
With Navleen Kaur Sikhnet.com’s Guruka Singh.
Photo: Paul Gillett
Join Buddhists & friends from different traditions on Saturday June 21st 2-5pm at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, SW11 4NJ. The 29th anniversary of the Pagoda will be celebrated with prayers for peace, devotional music and dance and will be followed by tea and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome to offer incense, flowers, candles. Gyoro Nagase (Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order) offers prayers and serves the Pagoda on a daily basis.
St John’s Church, Waterloo, SE1, is hosting a special concert on 28 June at 7.30pm.
It is part of War and the World 1914, the Waterloo Festival’s theme this year and will be “a fantastic celebration of world cultures”. Artists include:
Reem says, “I realised that my vocation was to present the Palestinian narrative through music to a world which struggles to admit that we even exist, let alone that we might have a distinctive and beautiful cultural identity.
Seeds of Creation
Founded by legend Seddik Zebiri, Seeds of Creation brew an excellent blend of traditional Berber music fused with Afro-Blues, Jazz and raw Psychadelic sounds that will transport you deep into the heart of the Sahara.
Mackenzie/Bidgood are a two piece acoustic outfit specialising in Folk, Bluegrass and Shanties. They are constantly folkin’ all over London town and host the monthly Folk Sessions at The Old Red Lion, Kennington.
Download the flyer here. More information is on the Festival’s Facebook page and tickets (£12, concessions £8) can be booked here.
Vision of Humanity brings peace research to life. The US-based website from the Institute for Economics & Peace has interactive peace maps (including the Global Peace Index), ground breaking reports and the latest news and videos pertaining to peace.
Bring friends and family to ‘fly’ across the Thames on Sunday 21 September! Download the flyer here.
We’ll be meeting up with people from all over the capital & flying together in the beautiful gondolas – a great way to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace in style.
If you’re on twitter, the hashtag is #flights4peace, as well as the general #peaceday tag.
Many of the London Peace Network team will be flying. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Rt Rev Peter Price, the former Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells, preached at St Paul’s Cathedral on 11 May as part of the series “What I want to say now.”
He looks at the history of Christianity and the Constantinian compromise which ‘caused radical confusions in the relations of church and state’ . He tells the story of Martin of Tours and asks,
‘What does it mean to be a human being today? How are we to live? What kind of future do we want? What are the building blocks for peace among peoples? How are we to live well, and live well together?’
He suggests three strategies: listening to the voice and place of local persons in conflict; all conflicts are local even if they have global consequences – peace building requires the recognition that each conflict is unique; not taking sides, recognising that peace building is not a soft option.
Watch the sermon on our video page here and find the full text here.
Our 2014 flyers are being designed.
In the meantime, have a look at last year’s flyers:
Islamic centres (this year on Friday 19 September)
Synagogues (Saturday 20 September)
Churches (Sunday 21 September)
Flights for Peace (afternoon of Sunday 21 September)
Network for Peace, based in London, was set up to continue the work of the National Peace Council and holds a useful calendar of peace activities.
Download the latest here or check the online version here.
Planning any peace-building activities this year?
The London Peace Network team is gathering on Monday 17 February & we’re excited to hear about your ideas.
Let us know if you’d like to link up and be part of the Network’s activities this year. Can we support you? Could we work together?
We’ll be building on our plans so far:
- marking the UN International Day of Peace over the weekend of 19-21 September
- Flying for Peace across the Thames (September)
- exchange visits and peace activities in schools & colleges
- Peace-Skyping across the continents
- an energetic launch event
- bringing together our local communities to celebrate grassroots peace-building
- practical skills workshops
- involving our European and global networks & linking up with activities across the UK
- promoting peace and justice activities across the capital
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We look forward to hearing from you!
Here’s a new initiative to link together people across the continents who are working for justice and peace – an online vigil on Wednesday 1 January.
The goal is to
“show the hope we hold and share for all of humanity on the first day of the New Year.”
Sign up here and download the flyer here. The deadline is Friday 20 December, so register soon.
The London Peace Network will be posting a message and we hope you will do the same!