Church of Scotland Moderator urges world leaders to learn from WW1

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged world leaders to find new ways to broker peace as the commemoration of 100 years since the outbreak of WW1 was marked at Glasgow Cathedral.

The Rt Rev John Chalmers was joined by world leaders from across the Commonwealth for a special service yesterday (4 August), led by the cathedral's minister the Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, to reflect on the beginning of a war which cost the lives of over 16 million people.

Mr Chalmers said: “We need to use the opportunity of this commemoration to learn new lessons for the future.

“We should think about why it is that when there are differences between countries and between philosophies, we often turn to deep conflict as a way of resolving them.

“After WW1, we didn’t construct the best of peace. Perhaps we didn’t know enough about how to negotiate or how to mediate.

“Now, 100 years later, I hope we can be quite intentional about learning lessons that will restrain us from heading towards conflict every time there is a difference so that lives are not squandered.

“Some conflicts happening today are a legacy of how the world changed as a result of WW1.”

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