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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.
Link to NJPN December Bulletin
Coventry Justice and Peace Group - An encouraging end to 2017
The West Midlands Pension Fund took a step forward on December 13th by ending all its direct investments in the manufacture of cluster bombs. Many thanks to those who lent their support to this campaign over the last four years. There is much more to do, but this success gives us confidence that
we can truly prepare the way of the Lord. Praise be!
Share the Journey: A new campaign on refugees and migration for 2018
Pope Francis has launched a global campaign, supported by Catholic organisations across the world, called Share the Journey. In 2018, world leaders will agree crucial UN agreements (or ‘compacts’) on refugees and migration, and we need to make sure they act with courage and compassion to uphold the rights of all people forced to flee their homes.
CAFOD is joining the campaign with an attempt to ‘walk around the world’ – 24,900 miles! Between April and June, we’d like your parish to organise a walk, or adapt a planned walk, in solidarity with people forced to flee. The miles you walk will be added to our grand total, and used to show world leaders that we expect them to step up in support of refugees and migrants worldwide too.
Resources to help you reflect on refugee stories, to pray and to take action will be sent to Campaign Volunteers in the next few weeks and will be available to download here. Could you plan now to hold a walk between April and June, leading up to a global week of action from 16-24 June?
Industrial fishing, climate change and pollution - our Antarctic Ocean is facing threats on all of these fronts. The good news is we can help protect the Antarctic by creating a massive ocean sanctuary.
Greenpeace's ship the Arctic Sunrise has just set off for a scientific voyage to the Antarctic. The ship will conduct ground-breaking research to help build a rock-solid case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
But while our crew is working hard at sea, we need to ramp up the pressure to show world leaders that we mean business. Can you join 170,000 people and sign the petition urging our government to protect our Antarctic Ocean?
In October, the Antarctic Ocean Commission will meet to decide whether or not to support a landmark proposal to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary. The Commission is made up of 24 governments (including the UK) plus the EU. And any decision made about the Antarctic Ocean has to be unanimous.
Together, we can convince them to create a crucial ocean sanctuary, where beautiful creatures such as whales and penguins can live and feed in peace. Sign the petition to show the Government that you care about our precious Antarctic Ocean.
Thanks for all that you do,
Sam and the Oceans team at Greenpeace UK
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
27th January Church Action on Poverty is recruiting for a home-based Churches Engagement Officer, to be based in the Midlands or South of England.
Would it be possible to promote the vacancy on your website or in any email bulletins please?
The details are at www.church-poverty.org.uk/jobs
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.
See website for ideas and resources:
27th January 2018 - Holocaust Memorial Day
28th January 2018 - Racial Justice Sunday
28th January 2018 Homeless Sunday
Share the Journey conversation-link to really useful video summary by Justice and Peace Scotland of Pope Francis’ 20 Action Points for the compacts on Migration and Refugees at UN General Assembly Sept 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc01w8c_o2I
Don’t Ditch Fairtrade: CAFOD has asked Sainsbury’s not to ditch the Fairtrade mark on their own-brand tea.
Fairtrade tea empowers farmers and producers in some of the world’s poorest communities.
While Sainsbury’s has said the ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme it will trial for its tea will operate in a similar way to Fairtrade, small scale producers say they are concerned that they will lose control over how the money made from their goods can be spent.
We’re asking supporters to hand in letters to store managers and sign our online petition. Information on the CAFOD website:
Share the gift of hope this Advent
Dates for your diary
Monday 5 February, 1:00-2:30pm: St John the Evangelist parish, 25 South Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9AF Lizzie Wignall will be sharing experiences from her CAFOD visit to communities, projects and partners in Zimbabwe.
The meeting will be followed by a bring-and-share afternoon tea until 3pm.
Weds 21 February, 7.30-8.30pm:
St Austin’s, 82 Wolverhampton Road, Stafford, ST17 4AW
Share the Journey: Libby Abbott, CAFOD Campaigns Officer, will be talking about the global campaign on the refugee crisis launched by Pope Francis earlier this year, and how we can get involved.
All are welcome.
Friday 23 February – Lent Family Fast Day
This Lent we are inviting supporters to express their love and compassion for our global family through prayer, fasting and giving. We have been awarded match funding for our appeal. This means donations made between 13 February (Shrove Tuesday) and 12 May will be matched by the UK Government, up to a total value of £5m. Funds raised during this period will need to be sent to CAFOD by 1 July 2018.
To give supporters an example of what their donations could fund, we are sharing the experiences of Marian in Zimbabwe and her two children Tawanda and Svondo.
You can find all the pack resources and more (being added over the next few weeks) online at cafod.org.uk/fastday - thank you.
Weds 7 March, 7:00-9:00pm:
St Thomas More, 112 Knoll Drive, Coventry, CV3 5DE
Share the Journey: Exploring the global campaign on the refugee crisis launched by Pope Francis earlier this year, and how we can get involved.
All are welcome.
You are invited to send students and a Teacher to a One-Day Peacebuilding Conference in Coventry. Please book on today.
Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
09:30-17:30: Peace Conference, Disease Prevention & Treatment
Venue: The Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Teacher Registration Form
Student Registration Form
Friday January 26th – “The Bundle“, a play about asylum seekers, will be performed by Journeyman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. at St. Chad’s Church, Lime Street, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton, WV3 0EX. “The true story of a woman fleeing domestic violence and servitude in Chechyna, endorsed by the state there, coupled with the ‘hostile environment’ being created in the UK by our government“. Free Admission; Donations welcome for Destitute Asylum Seekers’ Fund. For leaflet/poster, please click HERE for PDF version or HERE for JPG version. Click HERE for performers’ website.
Link to photographs taken when Bishop Kenny visited Coventry Cathedral on Sunday 29th October where he gave a sermon during the Ecumenical Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
Statements by the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation team added to our [Position Statements] page
The Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is funded by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese 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