Armed Forces Day Vigil

Armed Forces Day Vigil

Bury St Edmunds Quakers will hold a silent witness for peace and peacemaking on Angel Hill, Saturday 24 June, Armed Forces Day, from 2.30 to 3.00pm

We believe that caring for the men and women of the Armed Forces requires us to work for the peace which will keep them from harm.

So on Saturday, we invite you to join with us in a short period of silent reflection on ‘unarmed force’, which is sometimes referred to as ‘soft power’. This is concerned not only with peacemaking, but with diplomacy and dialogue, with being alert to the warning signs of conflict and emboldening our politicians to seize those critical moments in which a different path to that of armed force might be followed.

This will call for commitment, investment – both financial and moral – and for imagination. For as the US theologian Stanley Hauerwas said: “As long as it is assumed that war is always an available option we will not be forced to imagine any alternative to war.”

We have no illusions as to how difficult this will be. It challenges us all to examine our thinking and assumptions. Let us try where possible to do this together.

Bury Quaker Meeting

St John’s Street,

Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SJ

(For further information, contact Jill 07711 031837)