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Peacemaker Christmas eNews
<<First Name>>, it is a delight to share with you news of recent Advent and Christmas projects, interviews and supported initiatives. We very much appreciate your continued prayers and support in solidarity with other peacemakers in the UK and internationally.
Christmas According to Paddington

Michael Bond, says the inspiration for Paddington came from seeing Jewish evacuee children pass through Reading railway station from London during the Kindertransport of the late 1930s. “They all had a label round their neck with their name and address on, and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions.So Paddington, in a sense, was a refugee, and I do think that there’s no sadder sight than refugees.” 

While Paddington is very definitely for children, there is a message for grownups too. Nicole Kidman, who plays the evil taxidermist, out to stuff Paddington, says, “It’s about, [how] we embrace strangers and people with cultural differences – and that’s an important message right now, particularly for young people.” 

One of the memorable sayings of Paddington is a challenge for grownups:  “In London nobody’s alike, which means everyone fits in.” The sad thing is they don’t. Xenophobia and racism directed toward immigrants, and even refugees doesn’t stop at the English Channel. Which is why Paddington gives us an insight into the Christmas message. For you see, in God’s eyes, we are all a little like Paddington Bear. We all wear an invisible label that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” We were created with love to give love and receive love. But the Bible says, because of evil in the world, like Paddington, we are orphaned, refugees, foreigners, strangers, outsiders, lost, in need of a home. Read further

Blessing Refugee Children at Christmas
Thank you to Revd Damon Draisey and the South Downs Gateway Churches for their generous donation of Christmas presents for the children of Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) and CLEAR Project members who are seeking asylum in Southampton. Read further.
Pure Joy in Trials of Many Kinds
In October 2018, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, made a formal complaint against me under the Clergy Discipline Measure (CDM). The then Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Timothy Dakin, referred the complaint to an Ecclesiastical Tribunal which was eventually held in May 2022. The Tribunal panel decision was handed down on 6 December 2022. You may read my witness statement, the expert witness report, the statements of witnesses, the tribunal decision and my response to the Tribunal decision on my personal website
Challenging Apartheid in Advent
Watch again the first in the Sabeel-Kairos series ‘Challenging Apartheid in Advent’ featuring the Jewish academic, Antony Lerman, on the issue of Zionism and its contribution to Israel’s apartheid practices.  If you would like the bible study to accompany the week, please head over to… to download it.
Jos Strengholt on Nile Valley Projects

The Revd Dr Jos Strengholt discusses life in Egypt today and the work of Nijl Vallei (Nile Valley) the Dutch charity he founded to support the poor in Egypt. For more information on how you can support Nile Valley email or visit their website

Peacemaker Christmas Appeal
Peacemaker Trust is a faith ministry. By the grace of God, we are entirely dependent on the prayers, advocacy and financial support of our dedicated friends. We are a small charity with low overheads and a prudent budget. If you identify with our vision, we invite you to make a one-off gift or regular monthly donation to help us fulfil our charitable purposes in 2023.


We need to raise an additional £10,000 to fulfil our plans for 2023.

If you wish to give regularly, you may download a standing order form and return to your bank. You may also donate via PayPal (use the button above) or by making a deposit or transfer directly into our Peacemaker Trust Metro Bank account, using our bank account number 19949718 and sort code 23-05-80. See here for more details of other options.

May the Lord bless you and those you love this Christmas.

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