Bringing it up to date
In World War I, many Christians were appalled by the support offered to the war by church leaders. The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FoR), which still exists today, was set up on the eve of war by British and German Christians who insisted “We are one in Christ and can never be at war”.
FoR has branches around the world, whose members are motivated by their faith to campaign for peace. You can visit International FoR at www.ifor.org, FoR England at www.for.org.uk, FoR Scotland at www.for-scotland.org.uk and the Welsh branch, Cymdeithas y Cymod, at www.cymdeithasycymod.org.uk.
To Bert, war required either hatred or callousness. Writing about the early days of the war, he linked his convictions with a rejection of hatred – and a question about prayer during wartime.