The United Reformed Church Peace Fellowship is a group of United Reformed Church people who accept God's call to human beings to live in peace and who are committed to discerning and obeying the urgent call of God to pursue Peace with Justice in the world.
Over the years, the United Reformed Church, through General Assembly resolutions and other statements, has made clear its position on matters of peace and justice. Resolutions have been passed on issues of nuclear weapons proliferation and the arms trade and the United Reformed Church has been active in ecumenical efforts for peace and justice.
The Peace Fellowship was established in 1999 as a distinct group to raise the profile of these issues within the overall mission strategy of the church.
We invite individuals and local churches to become members. The subscription covers the cost of the newsletter and subsidises the annual meeting. Subscription rates: £10 per person, £15 for a couple; unwaged persons pay half. Church subscription £30. Download the .
Annual Conference 2016
Our 2016 Conference was a joint event with the Baptist Peace Fellowship, held at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in central London. The venue provided an appropriate setting for the challenging address by the Revd Stephen Keyworth (Faith and Society Team Leader for the Baptist Union of Great Britain), 'Exploring the peace legacy of Martin Luther King and its global message for today'. Read a summary of the talk written by a Peace Fellowship member here.
Remembering World War 1
We are gathering stories of conscientious objectors in World War 1. If you or your church have a contribution you would like to share, please contact Wendy Cooper.
The Conscientious Objector Archive and Education Resource is a joint project of the Peace Pledge Union and the Peace Research and Education Trust. Follow the link above for full details. Download a copy of the Project leaflet.
There is already much material to reflect on and more will be forthcoming. See in particular:
Commemorating World War 1 - the Use of Language
by The Revd David Tatem, URC Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. This is essentially the paper David presented at the Peace Fellowship Conference in October 2013.
Opposing World War One: Courage and Conscience
An information briefing about conscientious objection and peace activism in the First World War (published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pax Christi, Peace Pledge Union, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom).
Witnessing for Peace on the centenary of WW1
Resource pack produced by Quakers in Britain, reflecting the historic peace commitment of the Society of Friends and its impact on those who resisted involvement in combat. Includes archive materials, reflection on current conflicts, and peace education resources.
Petition to end recruitment of 16 year olds into UK Armed Forces
The UK remains the only EU country to recruit 16 year olds into the military and one of very few EU countries to recruit 17 year olds. Read the background information here.
The Peace Fellowship is supporting the petition initiated by Pax Christi which 'calls on the UK Government to stop its policy of allowing 15 year olds to apply and 16 and 17 year olds to be recruited into the Armed Forces. The recruitment and targeting of young people and vulnerable groups has been criticised by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. 2014 is the year to end this policy.'