Plans in place for International Peace Day

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St Andrew’s Episcopal Church has highlighted a number of peace events set to take place in Brechin and across Scotland in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, September 7, there will be an ecumenical service of witness at the Faslane Trident base at 12 noon at the north gate. The Right Reverend Joseph Toal, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, will be leading the prayers and messages from the various churches will be read out. Come along (with your church banner) and join in the prayers that nuclear weapons are removed from Faslane.

Brechin will welcome the Rev. John Dear to the town on Tuesday, September 17, where he will be speaking at St. Andrew’s Rectory at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.

The following days, Mr Dear, who is an American Jesuit and ex-director of the US Fellowship of Reconciliation and long standing campaigner for peace, will be speaking at the Dundee University Chaplaincy at 7 p.m. speaks at the Chaplaincy.

September 21 is the adopted date by the United Nations for International Peace Day, and the World Council of Churches encourages all congregations to observe the Sunday nearest to that day as an international day of prayer for peace. This year, it will fall on Sunday, September 22.

Scotland4Peace, of which the St Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a member, encourages all congregations to do something that Sunday.

Rector, Father David Mumford said: “Activities range from holding a special vigil service to including prayers for peace in the intercessions, from pilgrimages to public meetings. Events can be just your own church or ecumenical or inter-faith.

“Please do try and do something to mark the day. It would be helpful if you could contact me to let me know what your church has done. There will be a vigil service at 2 p.m. at the peace pole in the grounds of Brechin Cathedral on Sunday, September 22.”

To contact Father Mumford, please call 01356 622708.

The last event scheduled is a speak by Chris Cole, who will be speaking on the use of Drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) on Saturday, October 19, in St. John’s church hall in Princes Street, Edinburgh. Father Mumford added: “It will either be morning or afternoon but book the date now.”