Church and Peace is the European ecumenical peace church network of communities, training centres, peace organisations and peace service agencies. Its latest Newsletter (Autumn 2018) can be downloaded from its website (click here)

"Letting in the Light: 
Positive steps for peace 
in a turbulent world" a
 joint conference with the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church Peace Fellowships took place from 20-22 April 2018 at Hinsley Hall, Leeds.

MPF is delighted that our President, Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, has been awarded the 2017 Wilson-Hinkes Peace Prize for his pioneering work in initiating the City of Sanctuary movement. The award is shared with Wycombe Refugee Partnership, a multicultural group of concerned people who seek to support refugee families when they are reunited in the UK. The Award was presented at the National Week of Prayer for World Peace Service, at the Hinde Street Methodist Church in London, on Sunday, 8th October.

Dr Bhogal commented: "I am deeply honoured and humbled by this award, which is a tribute to the work of so many people
contributing to peace-making I have worked with in the City of Sanctuary movement, Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland, and many Peace Groups in the UK and beyond." He continued "The City of Sanctuary movement has spread to all parts of Britain and Ireland, and has recently launched its first 'Sanctuary' building in Sheffield. This will be a place where people of different national, social and religious backgrounds will come together to share food, culture and conversation, building and promoting peace at the most grass roots level - activities replicated in so many ways across the land. The award money of £500 will go to this work.”

We offer Dr Bhogal our warmest congratulations.

Dr Bhogal recently preached a 'Sermon for Peace Sunday' at Hinde Street Methodist Church. The full text can be downloaded here.

Talk, Truth and Trust … Rev Harold Good in conversation Brian Rowan - "Discretion and being trusted is at the core of Rev Harold Good’s contributions to the peace process in Northern Ireland as well as the Basque Country and Colombia. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have much to say, and a lot of wisdom from which we can learn." (Read on ......)

Nuclear Weapons
The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)* has recently published a statement on nuclear weapons: "Throughout 2017 the United Nations is holding negotiations to create a legal framework for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Our churches have long held the position that nuclear weapons are ‘a critical moral issue of our time’ and therefore we welcome this treaty and have produced a briefing for you about the negotiations, why the treaty is needed, and what you can do to take action towards banning nuclear weapons – forever." Download the full briefing from their site - click here.

* JPIT is supported by the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and, for a trial one year period, the Church of Scotland.

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The Methodist Peace Fellowship (MPF) is an association of Methodist pacifists within the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England), part of the the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

For more information, or to join MPF, please contact the Secretary, Bea Foster by email (MPF Secretary). You can download our Membership Leaflet, with more information, here.