Are you aged between 18-25 years old and interested in nonviolence? If so, Justice and Peace Scotland are providing a funded place at the Scottish Nonviolence Conference – ‘Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence’. The conference will take place at St Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull, Perth from 14-16th July 2017. For more information on the conference and details of how to enter our competition.
The broad theme of the conference is to explore the centrality of nonviolence to Christianity. Recent Roman Catholic thinking at the Vatican conference in April 2016, and in the 2016 Papal message for the International Day of Peace show signs of a move away from the just war paradigm. The Anglican Communion in its marks of mission vows to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. The World Council of Churches recently commended the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active non-violence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence.
This conference will look at ways in which Christians and other faith communities are acting non-violently, and also provide space for discussion and planning as to how we can act in Scotland so that Gospel nonviolence can become more of a reality for individuals, the church and our wider society.