Preparing for peace

(A database of papers and lectures from past and present.)

"Remember your humanity and abolish war" (Joseph Rotblat)

Children's Peace Statue With Origami Cranes

In 2000 - that is before 9/11, the war on terrorism, Afghanistan and of course, Iraq - Sir Joseph Rotblat, the Nobel Peace Prize winner came to the historic meeting house of Rookhow, and spoke to a packed room on ‘The Prevention of War in the Nuclear Age’. His message was clear - since we entered the nuclear age we have acquired the means to destroy humankind and is up to us to prevent this It was frightening and challenging but also inspiring and illuminating. "Remember your humanity" he urged us. He returned to talk about " The quest for global peace".

Thus Westmorland General Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain, began a peace initiative, called Preparing for Peace, to explore these questions with international experts and witnesses. Read the texts of our papers (9), public lecture series (19) and supplementary papers (4) and find out more about our initiative (by Rachel Rogers), publications and education programme.

In November 2003 the lecture series was completed. The education and speaking programme continued until Spring 2008 when the programme was laid down as had been planned. During that time two of the project leaders had prepared general papers which they used as a basis for each of their presentations (see Brian's Walker's paper " Creating a Culture of Peace" and Daphne Sanders paper " Preparing for Peace - Presentation").

We have done what we planned to do and we give you all these resources to to help you take the path of Preparing for Peace forward.

Our war-no-more website grew out of this Preparing for Peace project, where our research with the knowledge and experience of some of the world’s leading experts on war shows that war does not work! Increasingly it does not achieve its objectives and does not bring peace with justice.