Bishop to address peacemaking service

9/1/2015 – For immediate release

Fellowship of Reconciliation

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BISHOP OF MANCHESTER TO LEAD NATIONAL CELEBRATION MARKING 100 YEARS OF CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKING

Christian peace charity the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR) will conclude its centenary year with a service led by Bishop of Manchester David Walker at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford at 2pm on Saturday 17 January 2015.

The ecumenical service will include contributions from FoR members and supporters, as well as stories from the UK and around the world. The service is open for anyone to attend and a retiring collection will be taken for the work of FoR.

Chair of Trustees, Richard Bickle said:

“As we reflect on the hundred years since the outbreak of World War One, the vital work of reconciliation has rarely enjoyed a higher profile featuring as it did in the Queen’s Christmas Message, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon and the Pope’s New Year address.

The service provides an opportunity for members and supporters to give thanks for the work of Christian peacemakers and commit ourselves anew to work for peace and reconciliation.”

The service will include a presentation to retiring FoR Director Millius Palayiwa.

Richard Bickle said “Millius is retiring at the end of our highly successful Centenary Year, after four years of service. We recognise his significant contribution over this period and thank him in particular for the successful co-ordination of the Centenary celebrations and the raised profile of our organisation.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors:
– The Fellowship of Reconciliation is a Christian peace charity. It was formed in 1914 to support people who held a belief that war in all its forms was morally wrong.
– Today the Fellowship works to support grassroots peacemakers in areas of conflict through its International Peacemakers’ Fund and equips its members to campaign, act and pray for peace.
– FoR in England is part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.
– Further information is available at www.for.org.uk

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