Date(s) - 15th July - 16th July
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us to resist the arms trade’s profiting from the Church’s image.
Bring your friends. Wear clerical gear if you have it.
Church House Conference Centres hosts two annual events for a military think-tank: “Land Warfare” and “The Chief of Air Staff’s Airpower conference”. Both are heavily sponsored by arms manufacturers including Lockheed Martin (the largest in the world). The Airpower conference is also sponsored by BAE Systems (the biggest in the UK), plus Finmeccanica, the massive builders of drones.
Join us to creatively, nonviolently oppose the image of the Church being used to raise profits for the arms industry.
There are workshops from 9:30 before the conference starts at 12:30, so we’re hoping to engage with some of the delegates while they arrive to register for the conference or come outside for some air after the workshops. We’ll have an act of worship and repentance outside Church House Conference Centre. Please be aware that this is a genuine act of worship, but banners are still, of course, very very welcome. While we strongly feel that the military is a bad thing, we’re focussing on the sponsors of the event in particular and the fact that these companies are ruled out in the CofE’s ethical investments policy.
Meet on the steps of Church House Conference Centre, Great Smith Street. There’s also an entrance in Dean’s Yard, which is also a vehicle entrance and is the one just by the entrance to Westminster Abbey. Click on the image below to see the entrances, or look at this map on Google
Chris Palmer, secretary to the Corporation of Church House, has written to us to say that the conferences “are perfectly legitimate and certainly do not breach any ethical stance taken by the Church of England”. We want to persuade him otherwise. We want to stop the arms trade using the moral image of the church to increase their own profits.
There will also be a vigil on the morning of 15th July. Church House Conference Centre, Great Smith Street, Westminster.
Keep an eye out on this page for further updates and get in touch if you’re coming.
NB: Church House Conference Centre is not a church building. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Coporation of Church House, which includes the administrative headquarters of the Church of England. In the eyes of the public, however, it is a church building, hence RUSI and the arms trade wanting to use it for their conference and their image. St Paul’s Cathedral do not allow arms-sponsored event and nor should Church House Conference Centre, whether or not it is strictly a “church building”.