No Faith in War

On Tuesday 5th September, faith groups of all kinds will come together for a day of worshipful and peaceful nonviolent resistance and prayer to say no to the arms trade and no to profiteering from war.

In the morning, Wake Up London will lead a Peace Sit meditation followed by a Quaker Meeting for Worship and readings from the Torah. An international prayer for peace will be followed by a bring-and-share picnic. In the afternoon, speakers will be exploring the relationship between faith and militarism and the effects of militarism on different faith groups followed by songs of peace from the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and a liturgy from Pax Christi. There will be street theatre taking place throughout the day: ‘The Terrible Marriage of Britannia and Death’!

Together we will be present to bear witness and say ‘no faith in war’.

The provisional timetable can be found here.  There is still plenty of room for more faith groups to become involved. Please get in touch at nofaithinwar@stopthearmsfair.org.uk to find out how.  Alternatively, you can just turn up and join us on the day!

Where? Outside the ExCel Centre at the eastern end. The ExCel Centre is on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and the nearest station is Prince Regent.

When? Tuesday 5th September from 9am

What should I bring? Prayers, music, food, water, your mates, weather-appropriate clothing – come ready for a full day outside. If you want to you can bring prayer flags and symbols of your faith to decorate our interfaith prayer space and food to share at the bring-and-share picnic (please consider the religious and other dietary requirements of the other picnickers if at all possible). And, of course, your placards and banners.

Transport is being arranged from Leeds, please contact nofaithinwar@stopthearmsfair.org.uk if you would like to join us on our minibus.

And don’t forget to join and share our Facebook event and help to spread the word!

 

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No Faith in War: Programme of events

14 August 2017
This is the programme of events that have been scheduled to take place (so far!) during the ‘No Faith in War‘ action on Tuesday 5th September. More events have been planned that have not yet been scheduled and yet more still that will not be scheduled (such as the street theatre which will take place...
White doves sit in the upper branches of a tree. A solitary dove soars wings outspread against a bright blue sky with wisps of clouds, the sun shining through the feathers on the tips of its wings and tail.

The business of war

8 August 2017
Sue Hampton writes about why she wants to do peace witness at an arms fair. I am sixty years old. I am shy by nature and I have never broken the law. For the last couple of years I have been attending Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting, where I have felt a sense of homecoming. I am...

Meditate for peace at the arms fair

7 August 2017
Wake Up London are a group of young adults inspired by the peace work of the Buddhist teacher, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We will be present at the DSEI arms fair again this year to show our belief in peace and a more compassionate world. The Wake Up movement began around 10...
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Round up: an amazing week of action to challenge the arms fair!

17 September 2015
This September saw daily blockades and creative protest by a wide range of groups to try and stop one of the world’s biggest arms fairs from taking place in East London. Read reports on actions taken so far below: Monday 7 September: Day 1: week of action launched with a blockade! Tuesday 8 September: Day 2: armoured...
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Day 2: Armoured vehicles turned away by ‘No Faith in War’

8 September 2015
Today’s faith-based day of action, ‘No Faith in War’, saw both entrances to the ExCeL Centre blocked for nearly four hours and several armoured vehicles turned away!
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Stop the Arms Fair week of action: 7 – 12 September

4 August 2015
The DSEI arms fair is where arms companies showcase their weapons and make deadly deals with buyers from across the world, including those from countries with serious human rights problems. The arms fair, due to take place on 15-18 September, involves more than 1000 companies and 30,000 attendees. We have to stop these companies profiting...

Christian activists found not guilty

5 February 2014
The five Christians whose action blocked the Custom House entrance to the arms fair on 10th September have been found not guilty of aggravated trespass. It was the video evidence supplied by the police for purposes of prosecution which helped the five win the case, ironically. They had not received clear instructions as to what...

In support of Christian activists on trial

1 February 2014
Whatever happens in court, it’s the arms companies and the UK government who are the real criminals. The activists from the Occupy vs the Arms Fair day of action stand in solidarity with the Christian activists charged with similar offences who are first to have their trials on 3 and 4 February 2014.