Open and critical reflection on the course and direction of a country’s foreign policy, as well as celebrating its peacemakers, is crucial for the life of a democratic and peaceful society.
The Peace Committee is committed to challenging militarism and finding ways to help our society pursue world peace through peaceful means. Inspired by King’s vision of justice and peace, it seeks to bring distinctive Christian perspectives into constructive dialogue with other groups who work for peace.
To this end we hold public meetings generally, but not exclusively, on university space.
We also undertake events to mark ‘peace history’. The UK is very good at commemorating ‘war history’ by marking the anniversaries of battles, but less adept at remembering the lives and sacrifices of those who worked for peace. Through its resources and its public events, the Peace Committee helps address that imbalance in local and national life.
Reports of past meetings and news of upcoming meetings will be advertised here. To be placed on the Peace Committee’s news email distribution list, contact either of the co-convenors.
Click on the image to read more about each meeting!
A conference and public wreath-laying ceremony to mark the bicentenary of the founding of the Peace Society.
Andy Lie of the Peace Committee prepares to lay a white-poppy wreath at the Renwick War Memorial, whilst historian Ingrid Sharp reads an extract from the First Report of the Newcastle Upon Tyne Auxiliary to the London Society for the Promotion of Permanent and Universal Peace.
An event on Saturday 18 June 11am-5pm discussing racism and rebellion 40 years on from the Soweto Uprising. Venue = Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle University NE1 7RU. Tickets must be bought in advance - click the poster to find out more.
An event commemorating the 100 years since the Military Service Act was passed.
Clive Barrett, “Subversive Peacemakers: War Resistance 1914-19, an Anglican Perspective”