Posted: 4th June 2021
Speaker: John Cooper is Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He has worked previously for agencies that help churches engage in advocacy and action to help shape the world into something more just, including Christian Aid and the Joint Public Issues Team. In 2020, he travelled to Fiji with the World Council of Churches to learn about Britain’s history of nuclear testing in the Pacific Region.
Grappling with the Past to build a Peaceful Future
John talks about the heritage of Britain’s Nuclear Testing in the Pacific Region (recently covered in BBC One’s “Call the Midwife”). Having explored the health and environmental concerns, he then poses a question. If we believe black lives matter, does that mean recognising the real impact of the nuclear testing when calling for a nuclear free future?
Below is some further information circulated by the speaker.
Dear Sjoerd and Jenny
Thank you both for this evening and facilitating my attendance tonight. It was good to be with you all and to share some of what I encountered and was prompted to think about.
As promised, a few items of follow up:
FoR facilitated talks about the Pacific Situation:
Dr Becky Alexis-Martin (Manchester Metropolitain University ) talks of her travels and what it brought to her attention: – https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=tzB-Yl2yX0o
I’ll send a separate email about climate change.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation