Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective by Clive Barrett
Following the International Conscientious Objectors’ Day 15 May and connecting with our exhibition dedicated to the conscientious objectors Percy Redfern and George Dutch – two individuals who also had strong ties with the co-operative movement within this period – Dr. Clive Barrett will be delivering a talk about “Subversive Peacemakers.” From until now lost and undervalued stories from individuals and their dramatic events. Dr Clive Barrett, an Anglican priest, working with West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council demonstrates that the Church of England provided an unlikely setting for much of this war resistance. The Church generally saw the war as justified, and many clergy encouraged the men in their congregations to join the army. There was, however, already a strong strand of anti-war sentiment, opposed to the dominant theology of the Establishment. This was partly based on traditional Christian pacifism, but included other religious, social and political influences. Campaigners and conscientious objectors voiced a growing concern about the huge human cost of a conflict seemingly endlessly bogged down in the mud of the Flanders poppy fields. Subversive Peacemakers recounts the stories of a strong and increasingly organised opposition to war, from peace groups to poets, from preachers to politicians, from women to working men, all of whom struggled to secure peace in a militarised and fragmenting society.
The image is taken from Dr. Clive Barrett’s book “Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective” and is an oil painting titled “The Conchie” by Arthur W Gay, from the collection of The Peace Museum Bradford; it shows a conscientious objector under military escort.
Dr Clive Barrett comes highly recommend from Cyril Pearce, another leading historian in conscientious objectors history. Clive has also edited volumes on ecumenism (“Unity in Process”, 2012) and international peace heritage (“Museums for Peace: Transforming Cultures”, 2012). A past Chair of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, he is Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.
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