The Olivier Memorial Peace Lecture 2013 was given by General Sir Rupert Smith, General Sir Rupert Smith, a former GOC Northern Ireland and NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, author of The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World (2005).
To read a summary of the lecture click here.
Every year we hold a national Quaker Week when Quakers tell the wider community about our faith and how it shapes our daily life and witness in the world.
Up and down the country Quakers will offer the usual warm welcome to anyone who wants to share in the stillness of Quaker worship. Quakers will be ready to share their personal journeys and to say how we put faith into action to work for social and political change. Quakers’ commitment to peace, equality, truth, simplicity and non-violence led them to help set up charities like Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Campaign Against the Arms Trade, and more recently to initiate Circles of Support and Accountability, pioneering work to enable sex-offenders to live safely in society without re-offending.
This year Quaker Week runs from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October. There are events nationwide. Ludlow Quakers are putting on a public talk about the problems of drone warfare, a new and contentious form of state violence. Chris Cole, secretary of the Drones Campaign Network, will speak on “Drone Warfare: Convenient Killing?” at Ludlow Methodist Church on Wednesday 2 October, at 19:00. Admission free, retiring collection.
As every week, visitors are welcome to join in our Meeting for Worship, on Sunday at 10:30.