‘The way of violence is not the way of Christ’, said the Rev. John Dear as part of his talk on Christian Peace-making in Brechin last week.
John, who is a Jesuit from New Mexico in the USA, told of the prayer vigils held at Los Alamos, the place in new Mexico where the first nuclear weapons were developed.
His message was that war was contrary to the mind of Christ and Christians should instead follow the way of love and non-violence.
John welcomed the decision not to bomb Syria and said that he hoped to see a Scotland free of nuclear weapons and the scrapping of Trident.
He hoped that the new pope would consider issuing an encyclical endorsing active non-violence.
John looked for peace within each person’s heart, in relationships between people and for non-violence at the national and international level.
The meeting was sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (Scotland) and Pax Christi and attracted people from as far afield as Inverbervie and Blairgowrie.
The talk was part of a series of events that took place earlier this month to mark International Peace Day which was adopted by the United Nations and took place on September 21.
Father David Mumford of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Brechin, moved the vote of thanks.
For information on more events that took place to mark International Peace Day see next week’s Brechin Advertiser.