No Faith in War

Many religious traditions hold working for peace as central to their belief systems. For many believers, rejecting militarism and embracing peace is a fundamental part of their worship or spiritual journey. Our spiritual reasons for opposing the arms trade are as diverse as our religious traditions and personal spiritual paths but we come together united by our belief in peace.

In 2017  Wake Up London led a Peace Sit meditation followed by a Quaker Meeting for Worship and readings from the Torah. An international prayer for peace was followed by a bring-and-share picnic. All through the afternoon ‘The Terrible Marriage of Britannia and Death’! was acted out and there were songs of peace from the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and a liturgy from Pax Christi.

During the Week of Action against DSEI in 2019 we are planning a day of action on Tuesday 3rd September to say we have: ‘No Faith in War’.

This will be a day for people of any faith, or none, to use their spiritual practices and heritage to resist the arms fair non-violently. All are welcome and we hope that everyone will stand in solidarity with each other’s actions. It is a day to respect and value what each tradition does to act for peace.

If you would be interested in getting involved with your group, or just want to be kept in touch, please email nofaithinwar@stopthearmsfair.org.uk

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Get ready to #StopDSEI 2019!

10 September 2018
Every two years, the global arms trade comes to London. DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs, returns in September 2019. This is where those who profit from war, repression and injustice do business. This is where we can stop them. More than 1,000 arms companies plan to set up shop, marketing their wares...
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Blocking and exposing the arms fair in 2017

10 September 2018
DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. Hundreds of people got in the way of its set-up at London’s ExCeL Centre in September 2017. Dabke-dancing, aerobics, a gig on a flatbed truck, abseilers dangling from a bridge, theatre, military veterans undertaking unofficial vehicle checks for banned weapons, Kurdish...
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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...
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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...