For Christians, turning swords into ploughshares is not just a biblical injunction but an inspiration to our modern world to act against war and those who wage it.
Alun Morinan, Christian Network Co-ordinator 2005-2010
Day of Prayer 2012
The Day of Prayer in 2012 took place on 3 June, the eve of the International day for Children as Victims of War. As Christians we are called to welcome children. Yet children are refugees, victims of war and want, child soldiers, victims of conflict and injustice, injured and killed by small arms and gun violence. This is not OK.
Read more about the Day of Prayer in 2012, and put 8 September 2013 in your diary to take part in the next Day of Prayer.
Few Christians would disagree with the statement above and would readily acknowledge that the free movement of weapons around the world is a major impediment to peace and justice. Our country is consistently one of the top five global armaments exporters and continues to sell weapons to countries with dismal human rights records and those where the massive expenditure on arms would have been much better spent on education, health and social welfare. Although not one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, an end to the arms trade would be a key factor in making poverty history.
The CAAT Christian Network (CN) was formed in 1989 to bring to the attention of national Churches and Christian organisations, the immorality of the arms trade. The CN provides resources, both written materials and speakers, which will help you to challenge others in your Church to think more about these issues. The CN is a member of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations representing denominational pacifist groups, the Historic Peace Churches and interdenominational organisations. The CN is also a founding member of the Interfaith Group for Morally Responsible Investment (IMRI, launched in December 2005) who campaign to persuade the Church of England to sell its shares in Caterpillar Inc.