Peace Advocacy Network formed

Participants at the consultation in Sweden, hosted by Church of Sweden, The Uniting Church in Sweden and the Christian Council of Sweden. Photo: Magnus Aronson

“It is very good to see that an Ecumenical Peace Advocacy Network (EPAN) has been formed after week-long World Council of Churches’ consultation in Sigtuna, Sweden”, says Peter K Sjögren, Executive Director of the Life & Peace Institute.

LPI has for several years, together with Church of Sweden and different European faith-based NGO’s arranged annual PeaceNet meetings to promote the joint engagement for Peacebuilding and Conflict transformation. LPI has also called for the global ecumenical movement to take more responsibility and work for peace and security.

“With the formation of an international advocacy network a first and important step has been taken. LPI is happy to help set up this network. It will via the ecumenical movement strengthen the voice of the churches globally in political structures like e.g. UN. Also nationally and locally the network will hopefully find inspiration and encouragement in the EPAN.”