by Christopher Rails CHURCH leaders and speakers from political parties will address a peace rally in London next Thursday to commemorate the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
War on Want are organising the rally, which will take place in Jubilee Gardens, near London's County Hall. On the same day, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is planning its annual tree planting ceremony in Hampstead, and will later join War on Want to float thousands of peace-lanterns onto the River Thames.
War on Want is attempting to link the disarmament demands to the plight of the disabled in Eritrea. on the Horn of Africa. The charity helps finance a rehabilitation centre for war victims in Eritrea.
John Madelev writes: A universal inter-faith Prayer for Peace is to be launched at midday on Thursday in Westminster Abbey.
It is intended that the prayer, which has been written by an Indian Jain, Satish Kumar, should be offered by millions throughout the world at midday each day, which means that allowing for different time zones, a continuous hourly prayer for peace will be maintained.
The prayer has been launched with the backing of the Devon based Schumacher Society and with the support of representatives from the main
Christian denominations and the Jewish, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh faiths. Representatives of the Islamic faith are expected to declare support before August 6.
A "Prayer for Peace" office has been set up in the same building as the World Disarmament Campaign*, to help churches and individuals obtain details about the prayer. including a musical arrangement by Donald Swann.
The initiative to launch the prayer. says a Prayer for Peace leaflet, is "based on the conviction that there is power in united prayer, meditation and positive thought".
*Prayer for Peace. 21 Little Russell Street, London WC1.