Christians rally at Faslane for Easter witness prayer vigil
Nearly 200 representatives from Christian churches converged on Faslane last Saturday to be told by Bishop Joseph Toal of Argyll and the Isles that the Trident nuclear weapon system should not remain in Scotland.
Bishop Toal said that in the past he had tended towards a ‘pragmatic acceptance’ of nuclear weapons but this visit had changed his mind. “I see myself then as somebody who has come here to find out more about the campaign for nuclear disarmament from those who are veterans in protesting against their presence and the threat they pose to humanity,” he said. “Along with you then I accept the call to proclaim the message that the truth of peace does require a change from easy acceptance of these weapons of mass destruction towards a commitment to strive for their removal.”
The second Easter Witness for Peace organised by SCANA (Scottish Clergy Against Nuclear Arms) saw Christians gathering to make clear churches’ opposition to weapons of mass destruction.
Other church leaders who addressed the crowd included the Rev Alan Macdonald, former Moderator of the Kirk’s General Assembly, David Mumford, Dean of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Brechin Diocese, Kathy Galloway, former Iona Community leader and now head of Christian Aid in Scotland and Bruce Kent, former head of CND and a regular protester at Faslane. The event was chaired by David McLachlan of SCANA, with worship led by Rev Ainslie Walton, also of SCANA.