Meet Conscience at our interfaith event – is military spending a faith issue?

by Shaughan Dolan ~ April 20th, 2016. Filed under: News.

Join Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War and representatives of a variety of faith communities for a discussion evening on military spending. Conscientious objection remains an issue for many different faiths – from Haredim Jews to Seven Day Adventists, Quakers to Baha’is.

Conscience would like to pose the question – is military spending a similar concern? Join us for evening of debate – open to members of all faiths and none.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

Our speakers include:

Michael Nimz

Anabaptist Network

Michael’s journey began in the US Marine Corps where he was scholarship for university. In his second year, Michael came to the understanding that he was a pacifist and could no longer continue on that path. Michael resigned his position and gave up the scholarship.

His work experience after university has included time in banking and finance.

Michael attended seminary in his 40’s and found his way into the Anabaptist tradition while he studied. Michael became a pastor of a Mennonite Church in rural Alberta, Canada. More recently, Michael is working with the Anabaptist Network in the UK, in connection with Mennonite Church Canada.

Aneeqa Malik

Association of British Muslims

She is a freelance Management Consultant running her own consultancy, The Loop Global Management. The Loop Global Management bridges the gap between local communities and new businesses. It works with Diaspora-led Communities and creates a niche brand for creative inter, multi-cultural and social activities. She is a trained Action Learning Training and Research Facilitator. She is also an Associate in a Cooperative Inquiry Circle for iSEED (Integral Spiritual Ethical Enterprise Development) at Liverpool Hope Business School, Liverpool Hope University A multi-­disciplinary social innovator with an ingrained passion for community and social work having multi-functional experience in a wide variety of business settings and sectors.

Pat Gaffney, General Secretary,

British Section of Pax Christi

Pat Gaffney has been General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace since 1990.Her work as General Secretary involves Pat in lobbying and campaigning within the church and political networks on peace and security-related issues  Pat is also a practitioner of active non-violence.  Since 1986 she has been involved in nonviolent protests against the arms trade and the Governments nuclear weapons program.

Chris Venables


Chris studied Politics at the University of York where he was an active member of the university community. He then worked in Brussels researching and writing about the growth of European Union defence policy for a small peace research and advocacy group. Chris took three months sabbatical from MedAct in Summer 2014 to work in the Middle East as a human rights observer.

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