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Friday 17th April: CAFOD volunteer meeting at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Vivian Road, Harborne, B17 0DN. Please join us for updates on CAFOD’s work in the diocese and a talk from Fr Pius Win Than, CAFOD partner from Myanmar (Burma). We start with refreshments at 5pm for a prompt 5.30pm start. The evening will end with a shared supper; please bring along food to share if you wish to stay.
Saturday 18th April,: An evening with Fr Pius Win Than at the Coolock Centre, Stubbs Gate, London Road, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 ILH. 7.30pm. Come and hear more about Fr Pius’ work with Caritas Pathein, Myanmar (Burma) with poor and vulnerable communities in the Diocese of Pathein, helping them to increase their job opportunities and income, increase their access to healthcare, increase their understanding of their basic human rights, and help communities to mitigate disasters through supporting the development of emergency preparedness plans.
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April: Fellowship of Reconciliation Conference, Community for Reconciliation, Bromsgrove B61 0RA, near Birmingham. The theme is “Channels of Peace: exploring our call to action” so promises to include a whole rainbow of peace issues to excite and engage you. Confirmed speakers include Ellen Teague, Chris Cole, Pat Gaffney and Symon Hill, sharing their knowledge, passion and skills on ecology, economy and media. There's no set cost for the event and fully subsidised places as well as travel bursaries are available, so please don't be put off by thinking it will be more than you can afford at the moment. Like our membership subscription, we just suggest that people make a donation according to their current means. Book online here for the weekend or just for Saturday 18th which will include our annual council and AGM : http://www.for.org.uk/events/conference2015/
Friday 24th April: United Nations Earth Day
Sunday 26th April: Freedom from Torture West Midlands Centre is hosting a special screening of the hit film “The Railway Man” to raise money for survivors of torture. The film, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, will be screened at the MAC in Cannon Hill Park at 2pm in aid of Freedom from Torture. The film is based on the life story of Eric Lomax, a client who later became a patron of Freedom from Torture. Lomax suffered torture at a Japanese POW camp during the Second World War. There will be an introduction by Amy Porter, Freedom from Torture. Tickets cost £7.50 (£5.50 concessions) and are available from the MAC box office, on their website www.macbirmingham.co.uk or 0121 446 3232.
Saturday 23rd May: Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in El Salvador's capital city San Salvador. Many commemorative events and services are being planned around the UK – watch this space.
Wednesday 17th June: “Speak Up For the Love Of…” join CAFOD and The Climate Coalition at a lobby of Parliament in London and a chance to tell your MP about the things you love that you could lose to climate change. The logistics will be worked out so that groups from constituencies can meet their MPs in a straightforward way, and there will also be an ecumenical service where we can join in worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, an interfaith moment to reflect our universal mandate to care for creation, craft activities for all ages, and a final rally to celebrate, with music and talks from high profile people. You can read more about the day here. CAFOD is working with Christian Aid and Friends of the Earth to coordinate coaches from parts of the region. At the moment we can only confirm a coach from Birmingham, but will get back to you about others as soon as we hear. The details for our Birmingham coach are:
Departure from Carrs Lane, central Birmingham, likely to be 7.30am-8am
Calling also at Hopwood Services at junction 2 of the M42
Arrival back in Birmingham likely to be c.10pm
Tickets £11 (reduced ticket price of £5 for those who need it)
Your place will be confirmed once we receive the payment but contact us to reserve a place.
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July: Annual National Justice & Peace Network Conference
"The Things That Make for Peace"- Exploring the real threats to human security and how we can work together to build a more peaceful world. Booking form attached, further details from NJPN, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX, tel. 020 7901 4864, Email firstname.lastname@example.org