Olympic Truce’ offers hope of inspiring peace, says Bishop
25 June 2012
Five doves have been released from the west door of Chelmsford Cathedral by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell following a special service for the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Bishop said at ‘Sport in the service of peace’ that this year’s Olympic Games happen against the backdrop of warfare and violence in many places in the world. The ‘Olympic Truce’ which Christians are promoting as London 2012 approaches, cannot deliver peace but it can offer some hope and inspiration for dialogue which may lead to conflict resolution.
Members of the congregation which was drawn from many different Christian traditions, were invited to write messages ‘as a step to create joy and peace’. These were later presented at the altar. Candles were lit for peace.
Read the Bishop’s Sermon below.