An invitation from Bishop Alastair to contribute to a publication and display on the First World War
Bishop Alastair writes:-
In this year of commemoration we should remember the great sacrifice of the men, women and children of our communities; both home and overseas. The First World War cost the future of so many and continues to be a terrible reminder of the worse that humanity can do to itself. This centenary affords us space to think seriously about some of the major themes that warfare and peace-making bring.
In order to consider the First World War more personally the Diocese is running a project to publish a book which will be written largely by the people of our churches, our visitors and the wider community. The book will be called Sacrificed Remembered. In that book we hope many people will share their own reflections on the great themes of the First World War.
I therefore invite you to reflect and offer your own thoughts on the four themes of the book; Conflict, Peace, Resolution and Hope. Hopefully, as you offer your reflections, this book will become a lasting memory and legacy of this moment of commemoration.
Parishes have been provided with resources for people to be able to write down any reflections on the First World War and its themes. Resources are available to download here
People may want to offer specific comment about the First World War or they may want to offer general comment about Conflict, Peace, Resolution and Hope. These will be collated by parishes and then returned to the diocese by the end of June
Once we have all the reflections back from our churches we will endeavour to publish some of the material offered into a book and a travelling display which will be a lasting memorial in our Diocese. If you have any personal stories or photos of family members please send these under separate cover (so we can return originals) to Miss P.Rowen, The Bishops Office, 6, King St, Duffield DE56 4EU If the book produces any profit this will go to The Bishops Harvest Appeal.