Challenging Our Response to International Conflict

A Cross Currents Seminar
with Paul Oestreicher and Deanna Douglas

The “information age” has led to a growing public awareness of world issues. At the same time, there seems to be a growing awareness of ways to work for peace in areas of international conflict along with more attempts to implement them. Yet many of the conflicts continue to escalate. What responses to international conflict should pacifists be promoting? How should the military be involved in these responses? What is the relationship between conflict, the military and the environment? These are questions we will consider.

As the keynote speaker for the day, we are pleased to welcome Canon Dr Paul Oestreicher, Canon Emeritus and director of the Centre for International Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral (retired); founding chair of Amnesty International UK; vice president of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; and a lifetime worker for peace and social justice.

Dr Oestreicher will start the day by sharing some thoughts on what it means to be
a pacifist, on the relationship between peace and justice, and on whether the military can be an instrument of peace. A member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, he will also lead us into our second focus, a look at one particular area of conflict: Israel/Palestine. A recently returned (March 2004) member of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) will update us on the current situation and help us reflect on our responses to it. (The EAPPI is an initiative of the World Council of Churches. Its mission is to accompany churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in their nonviolent actions and concerted advocacy efforts to end the occupation and support a just peace in the Middle East.)

Finally, Deanna Douglas will help us look at the ecological impact of conflict and war, ending in a discussion of the interrelationship between militarisation and the environment. Douglas, a Canadian Mennonite, is a longtime peace activist and film buff. She is working as a volunteer in London for one year (four days a week for Conscience: The Peace Tax Campaign and one day for the LMC).

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m at the London Mennonite Centre (see below)
Fee: £20 (£10 unwaged) includes VAT; lunch provided

To book a spot, contact
The London Mennonite Centre
14 Shepherds Hill, LONDON N6 5AQ
Tel: 0845-450 0214 • Fax: 020-8341 6807
E-mail: crosscurrents@menno.org.uk
Web Page: http://www.menno.org.uk