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.
Clingfilmed coconuts? Shrink-wrapped turnips? Cauliflower 'steaks' in plastic bags?
Many of us have experienced the frustration of unpacking our weekly shop and finding we're filling our fridges, rubbish bins and recycling with pointless plastic - and it's no surprise when supermarkets are producing 800,000 tonnes of plastic a year!
Enough is enough. Will you help expose supermarkets' ridiculous packaging practices?
1. Next time you spot some excessive plastic packaging, take a photo.
2. If you use Twitter, tweet the photo using #PointlessPlastic (don't forget to tag the supermarket too!)
3. If you don't use Twitter, you can either post it on another social media channel (like Facebook or Instagram) or alternatively email your picture to us at email@example.com and we'll post it for you!
Some people are concerned that plastic is necessary to reduce food waste - but a new study has shown that in some cases it might actually be making the problem worse.
When plastic packaging requires food to be a specific size or shape, edible food is rejected because it doesn't look the right way.
And whilst some people need pre-prepared fruit and vegetables because of mobility issues, no one needs them to be provided in plastic.
If hundreds of us share these pictures of pointless plastic packaging online, together we can show supermarkets that their use of plastic is out of control, and that their customers have had enough.
'Unwrapped: How throwaway plastic is failing to solve Europe's food waste problem (and what we need to do instead)'
Link to Green Peace video clip on reusable energy
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:
Link to update 08/03/2018
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
Statements by the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation team added to our [Position Statements] page
By: Ellen Teague
Beginning with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on 1 September and continuing throughout the month, Christian churches and faith communities around the globe are praying, celebrating and taking action for creation.
There are suggestions for activities and prayer services/resources at:
The Liverpool Archdiocese J & P Commission with CAFOD Liverpool prepared Creation Time resources for 2016 and 2017. The 2018 resource will be ready in the late Summer. This will then provide a complete course for the three years of the Church's liturgical cycle.
Download at hIps://jp.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/resources/creation
ST ALBAN'S J & P GROUP IN MACCLESFIELD along with other local churches will again be following Pope Francis' lead and celebrating 1 September as the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" and also be organising a range of activities to help us recognise and celebrate God's gift of our common home.
1 September - Care of Creation Prayer Service at St Michael's Church, Market Place, Macclesfield (SK10 1DY) at 7.00pm
7 September - Talk on "Eco-spirituality - the challenges for us as Christians?" by Fr Eamonn Mulchay, Director of the Spiritan Mission and Retreat, at St Alban's Parish Centre, Chester Road, Macclesfield, SK11 8DJ at 7.30pm
17 September - Recycling, Love Food, Hate Waste by ANSA 7.30 pm at St Alban's Parish Centre (see above) Ansa Environmental Services Limited is a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Borough Council.
23 September - Reflective Ramble A 3-mile walk to reflect on and appreciate God's creation followed by tea and cakes at Teggs Nose Country Park (SK11 0AP) at 2.00pm
4 October - Feast of St Francis of Assisi and Finale to celebrate the end of the Season of Creation Prayer Service at St Alban's Church, Chester Road, Macclesfield (SK11 8DJ) at 8.00pm
The group has also produced 'Walking Together' a calendar with an action or thought for every day of the Season of Creation 2108. For a copy of the calendar of events and personal actions to guide you through this Season of Creation or for any other information please contact BernadeIe Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.stalbanmacc.org.uk/jandp.html#events.
Catholic International Divest - Invest Project
In 2016 the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) launched the Catholic Divest - Invest Project, inviting Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies and re-invest in renewables. Since the launch of the campaign, 103 institutions worldwide have responded to the call, including Caritas Internationalis and Columban Missionaries.
The next Catholic divestment announcement is planned for 10 September, prior to the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Through this announcement Catholics are responding to Pope Francis' call to move away from fossil fuels and keep them in the ground, as well as the call of Caritas' president, H.E.. Cardinal Tagle, who invited Caritas "member organisations and other groups or organisations connected to the Church to do the same."
Contact the GCCM if you wish to join the next divestment announcement. This commitment can be signed by Catholic institutions who already do not invest in fossil fuels and wish to make a public announcement, and Catholic institutions who have decided to divest and publicly commit to doing so within the next five years.
See https://catholicclimatemovement.global/ or contact Daniela Finamore (email@example.com), who will be happy to answer any questions.
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National Justice & Peace DIARY here
The NW NJPN E Bulletin for October 2018 leads with extracts from a series of report by journalists Ellen Teague of the Columbans and Josephine Siedlecka, editor of Independent Catholic News following their recent participation on the biennial seminar for Catholic journalists 'The Church Up Close'. 270 delegates from the six faith groups of Churches Together in England met to strengthen their commitment to working together with Jesus at the centre of their common mission. Campaign updates from Aid to the Church in Need, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are included as well as a briefing from the Catholic Association for Racial Justice entitled 'Defining Anti-Semitism'. There are opinion pieces from Robert A.H.Cohen and Jim Wallis (Sojourners) and environmental policies are highlighted plus changes in J&P personnel and the sad news that Traidcraft can no longer break even and is likely to cease trading at the end of the year. All this and a packed diary! Enjoy and pass on to others!
NB: Late addition - a report of the controversial sentencing of four activists for a peaceful protest against fracking in Lancashire with a link to a powerful video outlining their actions.
From Anne O’Connor
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?
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
Lancaster Faith and Justice Commission Parish News Bulletin Dear Friends September 2018 F&J E-Bulletin and information about the many and varied events taking place in Liverpool during the weekend of the Adoremus Congress. I hope you will be able to take the time to read and share the newsletter. The newsletter can be downloaded directly on https://tinyurl.com/yc5umzh3
Peace and best wishes
Administrator Lancaster Diocesan Faith and Justice Commission
Link to Brush Stokes newsletters
June 2018 July 2018 August 2018
Celebrate with us in Birmingham!
Saturday 29th September
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