The Fellowship of Reconciliation - one of Britain's oldest Christian Peacemaking groups - is calling upon the public to make 'Coins into Ploughshares' by turning the new £2 coins depicting Lord Kitchener's famous call to arms from 1914 into an investment in a just and peaceful future.
FoR Director, Millius Palayiwa said: "We are very concerned that the
launch of the new £2 coin design is in danger of glorifying war and
drawing public attention away from the horrors of the trenches and the
continuing need for peace, healing and reconciliation in the world."
"In the spirit of our founders, we are calling upon Christians, and
everyone who wants to see the establishment of a world order based on
love, forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation to save the new coins
when they come across them and donate them to one of the many
organisations working to build a just and peaceful world for everyone."
Chair Richard Bickle added: "The Fellowship of Reconciliation began,
literally, on the eve of the First World War with a group of Christians
from across Europe meeting to explore alternatives to armed conflict,
and to assert their belief in Jesus' call to build a world order based
on love. In this our centenary year, that need is as pressing as ever,
and we want to challenge the many WWI centenary commemorations which
appear to glorify the 'Great War'.
"Our International Peacemakers Fund is a practical way that people
can invest in building a just and peaceful future by supporting
grassroots peace and reconciliation projects in some of the most divided
and violent communities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America
*The Fellowship of Reconciliation* was founded in 1914 in
response to the horrors of war in Europe. Throughout its 100 years
history, the Fellowship has taken a consistent stance against war and
Perceiving the need for healing and reconciliation in
the world, the founders of the Fellowship formulated a vision of the
human community based upon the belief that love, nonviolence and
reconciliation in action have the power to transform unjust political,
economic and social structures.
Worldwide, there are 85 branches, groups and affiliates in 48
countries. In its 100 years, the Fellowship has had six Nobel Peace
Prize winners, including Chief Albert Luthuli of South Africa and Martin
* The International Peacemakers Fund * is the
Fellowship’s way of showing practical solidarity with nonviolent
grassroots peace making organisations in areas of the world afflicted by
Such peace organisations have very limited financial
resources to carry out the important healing and reconciliation work
amongst their communities.
To such organisations, small amounts of £500
to £5,000 do make a real difference.
peacemaking were given a real chance, it could transform our global
society, relieve human suffering and make our communities more secure.
This is why the Fellowship of Reconciliation established the
International Peacemakers Fund.
There is petition to redesign a commemorative coin at: