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 Imam will lead midday prayers followed by an international prayer for peace and 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.

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

This page will be updated as and when more groups confirm that they will be there on the day and a provisional timetable will be published shortly, so please keep checking back for further updates!

There is still plenty of room for more faith groups to become involved in both the planning and on the day. Please get in touch at nofaithinwar@stopthearmsfair.org.uk to find out how. Please also get in touch if you would like to mobilise your faith community by hosting a talk, training or workshop.

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 inter-faith 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.

Don't forget to join and share our Facebook event and help to spread the word. If you would like to request leaflets to distribute around your faith community, please contact nofaithinwar@stopthearmsfair.org.uk.

6 posts

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...
A crowd of protesters block vehicle from entering DSEI

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...
An armoured vehicle on top of a HGV truck

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!

Week of action launched with a blockade!

7 September 2015
The week of action against the DSEI arms fair got off to an exciting start today, with the road entrances to the ExCeL Centre blockaded in acts of creative protest.
Stop the Arms Fair logo

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...