Reclaiming Gospel Non-Violence: The centrality of non-violence in Christianity

The broad theme of the conference is to explore the centrality of nonviolence to Christianity. Recent Roman Catholic thinking at the Vatican conference in April 2016, and in the 2016 Papal message for the International Day of Peace show signs of a move away from the just war paradigm. The Anglican Communion in its marks of mission vows to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation. The World Council of Churches recently commended the study and adoption of the principles and practices of active non-violence, as the most legitimate and appropriate means of countering discrimination and oppression and of breaking the cycle of violence.

This conference will look at ways in which Christians and other faith communities are acting non-violently, and also provide space for discussion and planning as to how we can act in Scotland so that Gospel nonviolence can become more of a reality for individuals, the church and our wider society.

The conference will start at 5pm on Friday (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday. We hope you can join us for the whole weekend. However, the theme and programme will still be coherent and complete if you’re only able to attend for the Saturday.

More details will be announced as contributors and facilitators are confirmed.


John Dear

John Dear was a former Jesuit priest, and director of FOR USA. He was an active participant at the Vatican conference, and drafted Pope Francis’ 2017 Peace Day message. He is an inspiring speaker, drawing on his life of activism and witness for peace, and his theological writings on peace, non-violence, and social justice.

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson is general secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Baptist, and has witnessed the work done by FOR and other groups around the world engaged in active nonviolence in countries riven by civil strife, including South Sudan and Columbia.

Event information


5pm on Friday 14 July (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday 16 July

Prices (per person, includes meals and overnight accommodation)

Whole weekend: £150
Friday 5pm-Saturday 5pm : £85
Saturday morning-Sunday after lunch: £85
Saturday only : £30 (including lunch and evening meal)
Saturday only (bring your own picnic): £10

Children aged 5 and under come free. If you would like crèche or childcare provision during the conference please contact David Mumford (see details below) as soon as possible as we are very glad to make arrangements to accommodate.


Go to Fellowship of Reconciliation to book online


Please write or email to David Mumford, 10 Temple Mains Steading, Innerwick Dunbar EH42 1EF
or telephone 01368 840361 with the following information:

  • Name(s)
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Access / Dietary requirement
  • Which part of the conference you want to attend (whole weekend / Friday-Saturday / Saturday-Sunday / Saturday only):


You may reserve a residential place by paying a non-returnable deposit of £20 by 16 June 2017. Balance to be paid on arrival at the conference.

Cheques should be made out to “Fellowship of Reconciliation”

Booking and payment should be returned to:

David Mumford, 10 Temple Mains Steading, Innerwick, Dunbar EH42 1EF

Pay by bank trander:
Account Name: Fellowship of Reconciliation
Account Number: 50492192
Sort Code: 08-90-34
Reference: Your Surname, conf 2017 (e.g. Smith,conf2017)


Bursaries may be available towards the cost of attendance.

If you would like to apply for a bursary or would be able to contribute towards the busary fund, please indicate this in your booking form.

Sponsors and Organisations

This event is organised by Fellowship of Reconciliation in partnership with Justice and Peace Scotland, Pax Christi, the Church of Scotland, the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and supported by the Scottish Episcopal Church.

It will also include a meetings for Members of FOR, and Pax Christi in Scotland. Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi will be in attendance.


St. Mary’s Monastery Hatton Rd, Kinnoull, Perth PH2 7BP

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