Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence

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Date(s) - 14th July - 16th July
5:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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St. Mary’s Monastery
Kinnoull, Perth

The broad theme of the conference is to explore the centrality of active nonviolence to Christianity. Recent Roman Catholic thinking at the Vatican conference in April 2016 and in the 2016 Papal message for the International Day of Peace shows signs of a move away from the just war paradigm. The Anglican Communion in its marks of mission vows to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.

The World Council of Churches recently commended the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active nonviolence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence.

Just out: provisional programme (subject to change)


John DearJohn Dear

John Dear is a former Jesuit priest, and director of FOR USA. He was an active participant at the Vatican conference, and drafted Pope Francis’ 2017 Peace Day message. He is an inspiring speaker, drawing on his life of activism and witness for peace, and his theological writings on peace, nonviolence, and social justice.

photo: FORUSA

photo: FORUSA

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson is general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Baptist, and has witnessed the work done by FOR and other groups around the world engaged in active nonviolence in countries riven by civil strife, including South Sudan and Columbia.

This conference will look at ways in which Christians and other faith communities are acting nonviolently, and also provide space for discussion and planning as to how we can act in Scotland so that Gospel nonviolence can become more of a reality for individuals, the church and our wider society.

The conference will start at 5pm on Friday (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday. We hope you can join us for the whole weekend. However, the theme and programme will still be coherent and complete if you’re only able to attend for the Saturday.

Children aged five or under come free; if you would like crèche or childcare provision for children aged five or under during the conference please contact David Mumford ( as soon as possible as we would be very glad to seek to make arrangements to accommodate you.

For costs, see booking form below.
Payments can be made by bank transfer, cheque or online. Payment details are below the booking form, and will still be visible once the booking form has been submitted.

You can also fill in a paper booking form if you prefer.


This event is organised by Fellowship of Reconciliation, in partnership with Justice and Peace Scotland, Pax Christi, the Church of Scotland, and the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, and supported by the Scottish Episcopal Church.

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Booking form



Bank transfer
Account Name: Fellowship of Reconciliation
Account number: 50492192
Sort code: 08-90-34
Ref: Your Surname, conf2017 (e.g : Smith, conf2017)

Cheques should be made out to “Fellowship of Reconciliation” and sent to: David Mumford, 10 Temple Mains Steading,Innerwick, Dunbar EH42 1EF