OOn the afternoon of Remembrance Day, 10 November, a few members of the meeting met at the Devizes war memorial and stood in silent remembrance after laying a wreath of white poppies. The wreath symbolises a remembrance of all victims of war. It also acts as a reminder to us of our responsibility to work to reduce conflict wherever we encounter it and further challenges the tendency to glorify war and to restrict remembrance to military victims.
The white poppy was introduced as early as 1933 by the Co-operative Women's Guild to reaffirm the message of 'never again', the origin of Remembrance Sunday.
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We are called to live 'in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars.' Do you faithfully maintain our testimony that war and the preparation for war are inconsistent with the spirit of Christ? Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God.
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Bring into God's light those emotions, attitudes and prejudices in yourself which lie at the root of destructive conflict, acknowledging your need for forgiveness and grace. In what ways are you involved in the work of reconciliation between individuals, groups and nations?