The Commission aims to inform on the theology, spirituality and practice of Justice & Peace throughout the Birmingham Roman Catholic Archdiocese and provide the Archbishop with advice when required in matters regarding Justice & Peace.
The Commission particularly encourages parishes and schools to get involved in the Justice & Peace movement. It covers areas as diverse as global issues such as cancelling the debts of the world's poorest countries; the International Peace movement; environmental issues; housing; homelessness; supporting refugees and asylum seekers and human rights.
Within this site you can find information about important dates within the Justice & Peace year, links to other agencies involved with Justice & Peace and resources to download to help in your existing or new Justice & Peace activities.
1st - 9th July
CAFOD's Speak Up! Week of Action on Climate Change
It was so good last year that CAFOD are doing it again! From the 1-9 July 2017, please join CAFOD for their second week of action by organising or attending a local event with your MP to help build a fairer, cleaner world. Click here for details.
Other relevant links:
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July 2017
National Justice and Peace Network Annual Conference 2017
"A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis"
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Click for full details and booking form etc here
September 1st - October 4th
In 2015 Pope Francis designated 1 September as a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church. In fact, he encourages Creation Time to be celebrated in the Church between 1 September and 4 October, as it is in other Christian Churches.
Download resources for Creation Time to celebrate this period in your own church here.
Statements by the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation team added to our [Position Statements] page
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
Refugee Crisis-Ways to help
Catholic Bishops' Conference: Refugee Crisis - Open Your Hearts
If you are an individual wishing to host, please sign up to host refugees here:
Room for Refugees offers temporary (free) shelter in people’s homes to people from refugee communities who have no recourse to public funds or emergency housing. They prioritise safe hosting.
Also: No Accommodation Network
Write to your MP
NJPN has a sample letter to send to your MP about ensuring that the Syrian refugee programme in the UK is properly funded and expressing concern at it being funded from the overseas aid budget.
Read the text here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Petitions in support of Calais migrants
The Birmingham RC Archdiocese response to this crisis is outlined in Archbishop Bernard's pastoral letter of October 10th, which can be viewed here, together with the additional information referred to.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales had previously issued a statement on the worsening refugee crisis; it can be read and downloaded here.
CAFOD have issued their response to the crisis; this can also been read and downloaded here.
The Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is funded by the Roman Catholic Archdioces of Birmingham and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and is a member of the Caritas - Archdiocese of Birmingham Network
Birmingham RC Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission 2015