This year’s Campaign Against Arms Trade Christian Network Day of Prayer marks the beginning of the week in which the world’s largest arms fair (DSEI) takes place in the UK, and a poignant date ten years from the attacks on the twin towers: Sunday 11th September 2011. Many will already be reflecting on the legacy of that day: war, increased inter-community tension, and an increasingly militarised approach to human security.
The prayers, worship and resources for the day focus on these cycles of outrage and suffering which are still ruining the lives of millions, destroying whole towns and cities and wasting precious resources. In 2009, our government invited repressive regimes who have this year turned their weapons on their own people to attend the arms fair. Yet in 2011, the event boasts that it will be “bigger than ever”. Join Christians across the UK in praying for an end to the arms trade.
The CAAT Christian Network has a response to evil: It is a spiritual response involving prayer and worship. Our starting point is that all people of every faith or of none are spiritual beings now striving to live life to the full today. We proclaim the Gospel aspiration that all people deserve equal dignity and respect. There is no place for hatred, prejudice, violence, war or genocide. All are equal in the eyes of the Creator of life. If we have been given the gift of faith we must respond as that gift demands and an informed conscience insists.
We invite all Christians to take part in the Day of Prayer in whatever way is most appropriate to your community.
One previous participant wrote to her local newspaper:
“I would like to say how pleased I was to be able to attend the service… [It] was very well put together, and I found it extremely moving.”