The Real Cost of War – 22nd February 2020
Saturday 22nd February 2020, Bull Street Quaker Meeting House (Priory Rooms), 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF
A day of workshops, worship and conversation exploring the impact of war today
and why we need to stop future ones from happening.
Organised by Church and Peace and the Fellowship of Reconciliation UKUK.
Our main speaker will be Maria Biedrawa, a peace deacon resident in Northern France, who represents FoR France on the Church and Peace Board. Based on her work in the Central African Republic and South Sudan, she will be talking about what armed conflict really means for people, and what unarmed, non-violent civilians do to face it.
There will be three workshops, each of which will run twice:
- Continuation of the discussion with Maria;
- Asylum-seekers and the militarisation of borders – with Bridget Walker, steering group member of the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network, represents QARN on the council of Rethinking Security;
- The carbon footprint of the military, with Stuart Parkinson from Scientists for Global Responsibility.
We will begin the day with registration at 10.00; the morning plenary will begin at 10.30, with workshops before and after lunch and a final plenary, closing at 16.30.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation is a community of people who are inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth) to oppose war and work together to build a world order based on love.
Our Mission: to grow and resource the community of Christians committed to nonviolence; challenge militarism; embody peace and reconciliation.
Our Methods: to grow and support our membership of nonviolent peacemakers; campaign and advocate at a national and local level; work with partners to campaign at an international level; offer training, prayer, worship, and living example.
FoR promotes active nonviolence and love as the means to transform unjust political, economic and social structures.
We are an ecumenical Christian organisation campaigning against war and its preparation. In our 105 years, we’ve racked up 6 Nobel Peace Prize winners, and are partners in the 2017 Laureate: the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons!