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rtin Newell has previously spent time in prison after activism with the Plowshares movement, a Christian pacifist and nuclear disarmament group. Martin talks about peace-making and why taking action that can lead to a prison sentence is an appropriate and faithful thing for Christians to do in times of crisis. In the second part, we hear further reflections from Martin on the biblical rationale for risking prison time, and hear from him and some friends about real lived experiences of (brief) prison sentences. Each segment is approximately 30 minutes.
Watch Part 1 - https://youtu.be/h8HZLdX4EtQ
Watch Part 2 - https://youtu.be/v_iyBnhXeJQ
Photo © Sean Hawkey / WCC
The June 2018 Newsletter of Passio, St. Joseph's Passionist Province (UK) included a feature on Fr. Martin Newell. Fr. Martin became a Passionist in 2001. Early in his priesthood, he "was looking for a way of being more radically committed to the option for the poor, and I had this sudden realisation that justice and peace work was what being a Christian was all about." He has been involved with protests against the use of drones in warfare and directs much of his energy to reverse climate change. He is currently based in a house where he lives alongside asylum seekers and is part of the leadership team for Passionists in England and Wales.
Read the article on Fr. Martin here
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