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Catalysts for peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed.
Cyangugu Theological College, Rwanda
I have just returned from a week teaching in Cyangugu, Rwanda. Bishop Nathan Amooti, the Anglican Bishop of Cyangugu, invited me to teach a module on Judaism and Christianity at the new Diocesan Theological School, which opened in March. The mission of the school is to equip clergy and lay-leaders for service in the Church of Rwanda. In particular, the School is training lay-leaders who live and work in rural locations. The feedback from Rik Mager, the school coordinator, was encouraging. "Your teaching on Judaism was a big help for understanding the Bible better. The students are now better in preparing their sermons. Many asked if you can come back." Continue reading
Olive Tree Planting in Palestine: February
One of the Five Marks of Mission widely adopted as an expression of contemporary Christian mission is “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”. Peacemaker Trust is therefore enthusiastic to support the Olive Tree Planting Campaign organised by the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA\YWCA of Palestine and Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). Continue reading:
Sabeel-Kairos Conference on the Nakba
I was pleased to attend this year’s annual Sabeel-Kairos conference held at CMS House in Oxford in June - and be the official photographer. The event was heavily oversubscribed, indicating perhaps the growing awareness of, and concern for, the on-going failure, after 70 years, to bring an end to the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe. It was a delight to see Canon Naim Ateek again. I used to be a trustee of Friends of Sabeel UK and co-authored the Sabeel Statement on Christian Zionism.  Continue reading:
I have a Dream
I was invited to speak at the annual Al Quds Day march this year. I took the famous speech "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King and adapted it to the situation in Palestine. Read my speech here.
Garth Hewitt joins our International Board
Canon Garth Hewitt has retired as a director and trustee of Peacemaker Trust, but has kindly agreed to join the International Board of Reference. Visit Garth’s website
Latest Book Aid Delivery
This Summer we collected a further 35 boxes of theological books for Book Aid which were delivered to their warehouse in South London. The books came from several retired clergy in Southampton, Winchester and a church in Hythe. Over the last 30 years Book Aid have delivered 30 million Christian Books and Bibles to mission partners around the world. You too can visit, give, buy or volunteer.
Preaching and Teaching
Most Sundays when I am in the UK, I am taking services and preaching in churches around Southampton. I also presided at two weddings this Summer. You can read my latest sermons here:
Andrew Ashdown on Syria
The Revd Andrew Ashdown has been a frequent visitor to Syria. He shares his experience of the vital work being undertaken by local humanitarian agencies caring for the victims of the war in Syria, yet sadly, largely ignored by the international media. He compares this with the media attention given to the well-funded Western-backed White Helmets. Continue reading
Tom Getman on Social Justice and Integration
Thomas Getman is president of a private consulting group that specializes in international, United Nations and Non Governmental Organization affairs and university seminars and workshops on UN Reform and humanitarian interagency partnership building. In this short interview he talks about his experience of social justice and integration. Continue reading:
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