Can there ever be such a thing as a `Just War` ? This question has taxed the human race since the concept first developed, at least as far back as the 4th century AD. Can it ever be right to kill others in defence of or on behalf of one`s fellow countrymen ? How do we `square` the ethical, moral and religious issues concerned when we take a stance either way (or somewhere in-between ) on this ?Some 1700 years of thinking on the matter can hardly claim to have resulted in a definitive and generally agreeable conclusion. We can all point to contemporary examples across the globe that attest to the continuing ability within the human condition to resolve conflict through war.
It is of course the case that there has been significant progress in mutual understanding, for example The `Universal Declaration Of Human Rights` is now into its 54th year. Yet much remains to be accomplished and for that we all have a responsibility.
To that end, a debate on the matter will be held here at Kidderminster New Meeting House on TUESDAY 10TH JULY at 7.30 pm. There will be four Guest Speakers to put the case `for` and `against`, and the chance to listen and ask questions. We don`t expect to find any easy answers; we do hope though to be thought-provoking and supportive in the search for clarity, on this the most difficult of matters.And of course, we shall as always, do our very best to ensure a warm and friendly welcome to our `New Meeting Nights` session in this beautiful building ,for an enjoyable evening of shared ideas.
We hope you will be able to join us.All are welcome.
REMINDER OF THE EVENT OUTLINE:
`Can There Ever Be A Just War ?`
Tuesday July 10th, 2012 .
New Meeting House, Church Street, off Bull Ring, Kidderminster, DY10 2AR. (Brown Signposted off A 456 as `Unitarian Church`)
Car Parking on-site (free-first come first served) or 100 m away on Swan Centre Multi Storey Car Park accessed off A456 Ring Road via Blackwell St/Coventry St.
Speakers: Sandy Ellis (Midland Unitarian Association) Martin Layton (Bewdley Quakers) Ian Kirby (Kidderminster New Meeting House) Moira Brown (Bewdley Quakers)
Chair: Graham Williams (Kidderminster New Meeting House).
Tea, Coffee, Biscuits at 9 pm.