Peace to Contend with War

9 Dec 2021

We arrived at the Excel Centre in London after travelling from all across the country to be there. Candles at the ready, the plan was seemingly very simple. We were going to join a silent vigil and protest the DSEI Arms Fair in London, one of the world's largest arms fair where governments and...

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SCM Statement on Nuclear Weapons

18 Mar 2021

Following the announcement of new plans to increase potential for nuclear weapons by the UK government, the General Council of the Student Christian Movement have issued the following statement:

"The UK government has announced plans to allow for the expansion of the Trident nuclear...

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Lest We Remember

6 Nov 2019

In these past few years, the run up to Remembrance Day has brought about arguments on my Facebook timeline about the colour of the poppies people choose to wear. Remembrance poppies are deeply symbolic, and hold a lot of meaning for a lot of people in different ways. Whether or not you wear a...

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No Faith in War: Reflections from the Arms Fair

15 Oct 2019

The presence of God is all around us. The difficult thing is being aware of her presence. Sat in the middle of a road, surrounded by people, singing and praying – I felt her presence. As the police began arresting Quakers in the middle of an act of worship – I felt her presence. Hearing the...

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Reflections for the International Day of Peace

1 Oct 2018
September 21st was the International Day of Peace. It was also the day we mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 and translated since that time into over 500 languages, the declaration remains one...
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WSCF calls for Peace in Gaza and denounces the action of the Israeli Government

24 Apr 2018

This week, the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), the global body of which SCM Britain is a member, released a statement regarding the ongoing situation in the Gaza Strip and denouncing the recent deadly actions of the Israeli Government. The statement reads:

The World...

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Combatting Militarism In Universities and Wider Society

9 Oct 2017

Recruiting young hearts and minds

Today I identify as a pacifist, but that was not always the case. In fact, only a few years ago that couldn't have been further from the case. I grew up in a military family, and my Grandad received an award for bravery which led him to...

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Too Much, Too Young? A Christian Response to the UK’s Recruitment of Child Soldiers

9 Oct 2017

Child Soldiers in the UK?

Recently an article by the moral and political philosopher...

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World War 2: The Child-Friendly Face of Chaos?

5 Oct 2017

I find many alarming signs of increased militarisation in our culture. There has been discussion elsewhere about military recruitment at secondary schools, but I am also bothered about how our “Help for Heroes” and “Armed Forces Day”( introduced as “Veterans Day” in 2006) have been used as a...

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A reflection on International Conscientious Objector Day

22 May 2017

May 15th is celebrated by many peace organisations as the International Conscientious Objector Day, a celebration which we should use as a starting point to reflect on the depths of Christian tradition and history when it comes to political theology, and the issues of war and...

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