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 is 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 12 July (dinner included) and end after lunch on Sunday 14 July

Prices (per person)

Whole weekend: £140
Friday 5pm-Saturday 5pm : £75
Saturday morning-Sunday after lunch: £85
Saturday only : £30 (including lunch and evening meal)


Please write to David Mumford, 10 Temple Mains Steading, Innerwick Dunbar EH42 1EF
With the following information and payment:

  • Names of participants
  • Which part of the conference you want to attend (whole weekend / Friday-Saturday / Saturday-Sunday / Saturday only):
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Access / Dietary requirement
  • If you would like to share a room with someone in your party


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


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 letter.

Sponsors and Organisations

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

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