Bishop and MP’s Rwandan/Burundian peace visit

Peace and reconciliation was the focus of a visit to Rwanda and Burundi this summer, led jointly by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler and John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw.

A party of MP’s and church leaders have just returned from the eight day trip to look at how Church, State and NGO’s work together to facilitate peace and reconciliation in two countries emerging from genocide and civil conflict, and Bishop Paul was moved by how things have progressed, but also saddened by the complexity of the church’s recent history… “This was a ground breaking visit as never before had a visit of this nature been jointly planned and led by a church leader and Parliamentarian working closely together.” He added: “In all contexts the Church must maintain a vision where justice is done, the poor are raised up and corruption is challenged.”

Pictured with members of Rwandan Parliament are Bishop Paul, John Mann and his wife Jo White; Lillian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South; and Graham Jones, MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn, Lancs with the Revd Sarah Clark, Team rector of Clifton Parish in Nottingham; Rosemary Butler; Andy Clasper from Christian Aid; and Poppy Richards from Ordsall, who acted as secretary.

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