CPEF Trustee receives Peace Award

John Williams on recent #pilgrimage4peace walk for Pax Christi

Trustee John Williams was one of two people to receive the Pax Christi Peace Award on 22 May at the Pax Christi AGM. It was given in recognition of John’s great contribution to Catholic education and ways in which he has promoted peace education in schools and Diocese. You can read a full account of the Award Ceremony here

Trustees March 2020 meeting

Trustees John Williams, Mary Ryan, Ann Nugent with Administrator Ed Tierney and Peace Education Worker Aisling Griffin.

During their first meeting of 2020 the Trustees approved three grants to the value of £1522.00. One to Pax Christi for their meeting in London with Kate Hennessy, grand-daughter of Dorothy Day, one towards a music, peace and justice gathering to be led my muscian Marty Haugen and one towards a new play by Michael Mears entitled The Mistake, about the 1945 bombing of Hioshima. He plans to take the play to the Edinburgh Festival and to schools. Pax Christi plans to promote the project in its Peace Education work.

Some of the projects funded in 2018

Inter-generational conversations on faith, peace and justice.  CPEF trustee John Williams took part! 

John Williams Faith JusticePax Christi, along with other organisations, has been involved in  a project promoting  inter- generational conversations. The conversations have taken place around the country and brought together people from different generations to discuss their faith and its role in their engagement in justice and peace. As well as feedback being given to the Bishops of England and Wales at the current Synod on youth in Rome, Pat Jones has written an insightful article, ‘Bursting the Bubble’, for The Tablet on the conversations and what we can learn from them. You can visit the website at www.peoplefaithjustice.org.uk for more information on the conversations, including some interesting videos and resources to hold your own inter-generational conversation.

New Peace Education Worker

AishlingheadPax Christi welcomes Aisling Griffin as the new schools and youth education worker. Aisling is looking forward to getting started working with young people, teachers and schools to promote peace, nonviolence and reconciliation. Get in touch with her at education@paxchristi.org.uk if you have any queries, or have a look at the peace education pages for some great resources and ideas. The CPEF provides core funding for this work

The nature and purpose of Peace Education

John Williams reflects on 35 years of the CPEF and the nature and purpose of Peace Education

At the 35th anniversary celebration of the Christian Peace Education Fund, I was impressed by Valerie Flessati’s quote of the founding statement. She read:

‘Pax Christi’s understanding is that what is needed is a life-long process of education in the ways of peace. We seek to promote several elements:

  • an understanding of the origins of personal, national and global problems;
  • the development of a critical attitude to contemporary conflicts so that young people can be well informed and able to make judgements on the basis of moral values;
  • the acceptance of all people of the world as members of the human family.

As important as ‘knowledge about peace and war’ is, the development in young people of the abilities to affirm themselves and others (self-confidence), to listen respectfully, to communicate effectively, to build community by co-operation and to resolve conflicts constructively rather than destructively is paramount.’

Thirty-five years on I can think of no better way of saying what we still embrace. This is a 21st century statement pertinent to all involved in education at every level, pre-school, primary, secondary and adult.

John Williams is a trustee of the Christian Peace Education Fund.