Dear friends, for your information and action where appropriate; also to read Bishop William Kenney’s podcast of his recent visit to Iraq this is posted on the Bishops’ Conference website: go to www.cbcew.org.uk click on News and Media, then News and Multimedia, then podcasts, then “Iraqi Refugee Camps”.
Saturday 6th June: Caritas Fundraising and Homelessness Workshop in Lichfield.
Thanks to everyone who has booked so far; we confirm sufficient interest in both workshops and these will go ahead as planned. If anyone else wishes to join either workshop (they are being run simultaneously) please contact Bev Smith as soon as possible indicating which workshop you would like to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 17th June: “Speak Up for the Love Of” lobby of Parliament; a day of action, solidarity and celebration of all the things we love which are affected by climate change. CAFOD are organising this along with others in The Climate Coalition. It’s the chance to talk with our newly-elected MPs before December's crucial international climate talks. Together we can show our new government how much we care that climate change is pushing people deeper into poverty. There’ll be an ecumenical service, music, an art installation, celebrity speakers and, most importantly, the chance for us to speak to our MPs about the things that we love that will be affected by climate change.
Don’t worry if you’ve never met with your MP before – CAFOD will provide all the info you need. CAFOD Birmingham are organising/supporting coaches from Birmingham, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Wolverhampton and Coventry. See below:
Come to discover more, from 7pm to 9pm. at St Paul’s Convent Conference Centre, 94 Selly Park Rd, Selly Park, B29 7LL.
Speakers: Shari Brown (Restore), Fr Martin Newell CP (Austin Smith House, Sparkhill).
Everyone Welcome - please Email Sr Anna O’Connor at email@example.com with your name, address, Email, and contact number.
Saturday 20th June: Caritas Fundraising and Homelessness Workshop in Banbury.
Thank you to all who have returned their booking forms in good time. There are still spaces in both workshops so please either Email or forward your booking forms indicating which workshop you would like to attend. More details will be sent by Email to those who have booked nearer the date.
Wednesday 1st July: Day of Reflection for CAFOD volunteers and supporters. Our facilitator will be Susy Brouard of CAFOD’s theology team. At Manresa House, Harborne, B17 0AN from 10am to 4pm. We hope the focus of the day will be the new Papal Encyclical on the Environment, dependent on the publishing date. All CAFOD volunteers are invited; please contact CAFOD Birmingham, 23 Glebe St, Walsall WS1 3NX.Tel. 01922 722 944 or 07771 339 472
Friday 10th July: Freedom from Torture West Midlands Open Day From 10am to 3pm. Includes centre tours and staff talks to help guests build a clear understanding of the services that we provide to survivors of torture living in Birmingham, plus a wonderful opportunity to hear from our clients. See the webpage for more information: http://www.freedomfromtorture.org/events/7513. Places will be limited so please do book a place via the webpage, or contact Amy by phone on 0121 314 6825 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes to you all as always,
Administrator, on behalf of the Birmingham Justice and Peace Commission
Sunday 24th May: Short service to mark the occasion of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador being declared Blessed by Pope Francis the previous day, Saturday 23rd. At 4pm., St Anthony's Church, Bee Lane, Fordhouses, based on the evening prayer of the church, during which there will be music, special prayers and a short video about Oscar Romero. All are welcome!!
Friday 29th May: Applications close for the CAFOD great gap year scheme for the September 2015 placement at Newman University. If you’re aged 18-24 and have experience of University life, apply for the placement as a Chaplaincy Assistant at Newman University, which includes a three week visit to CAFOD partners. All the details can be found at cafod.org.uk/stepintothegap.
Monday 8th June: Restore’s Annual Meeting from 7.30pm at Carrs Lane Church in the city centre. It will be a celebration and overview of Restore’s work. All are welcome.
Thursday 11th June: St. Chad's Sanctuary Open Evening
From 6pm to 9pm.72-74 Shadwell St, Birmingham B4 6HA. An opportunity to meet the Sanctuary team and see what they do with the many kind donations, and to hear stories from asylum seekers and refugees. A rolling schedule each hour to see the building and join an introductory workshop on work with asylum seekers. All welcome.
Monday evenings, 22nd and 29th June, and 6th July: Restore training course at St George’s Community Hub. Please promote this to anybody you think may be interested in learning more about refugee issues or becoming a befriender.
Saturday 23rd May: Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero
The beatification of Archbishop Romero will take place in San Salvador at a ceremony in the 'Salvador del Mundo' Plaza presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, who heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. It is scheduled to take place between 09.00 and 12.00 hours local time which is 4pm to 7pm British Summer Time. It should be possible to watch the service on-line at tvcaelsalvador.org. Bishop John Rawsthorne will represent the Bishops' Conference in San Salvador.
Thursday 11th June: “How Islamic is the so-called Islamic State?”
Bromsgrove Justice & Peace Group invite you to hear Dr Chris Hewer talk at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Community Centre Rock Hill, Bromsgrove B61 7LH. Dr Chris Hewer comes from a background in Christian theology, education, Islamic studies and inter-faith studies. He is author of ‘Understanding Islam’ and runs courses on the subject across the UK& in Europe and has also appeared in a series of programmes on Ahl ul-Bayt TV explaining the Christian perspective to Islam. Further information can be found on www.chrishewer.org. Contact : Barbara Gilmurray email@example.com
Dear friends, late publicity for the first item and a date correction for the second, with apologies:
Saturday 9th May: “Affirming Women within the People of God - Do whatever Jesus tells you”- Receptive Ecumenism in Practice a conference for women. With Janet Ward and Jean Newland, Louisa Hopkins and Jenny Jones. Methodist Central Hall, Coventry CV1 2HA, on the corner of New Union Street and Warwick Road. Cost £10 includes lunch. Welcome, tea/coffee at 10am, Conference from 10.30am - 3.30pm.
To reserve your place and for any other details contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 02476 675216 or write to NBCW, Diamond House, 13 Stoney Rd Coventry CV1 2NP.
All Christian denominations welcome. Organised by the National Board of Catholic Women and Churches Together in Coventry & Warwickshire.
NB. “Pope Francis reads the Bible”- the biblical basis of Christian Social Teaching
A talk by Nicholas King SJ at 7.30 pm in St Michael’s Church, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9DT, organised by Stourport Justice and Peace Group, will take place on Friday 29th MAY not Friday 29th June as listed in Mini-Newsletter no.9.
Wednesday 6th May: Peace Vigil for asylum seekers and refugees at St Chad’s Cathedral.
Between 5.30pm and 8pm. Please join us at any time during the evening and stay for as long as you wish. The Cathedral offers a sacred space to bring before God our sorrow and our hope. We will remember those who have died on the journey to freedom and those who continue to suffer in their homelands. St. Chad’s Sanctuary ‘I was a stranger and you made me welcome.’
Friday 29th June: “Pope Francis reads the Bible”- the biblical basis of Christian Social Teaching.
A talk by Nicholas King SJ at 7.30 pm in St Michael’s Church, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9DT. Organised by Stourport Justice and Peace Group.
Nicholas King is a distinguished biblical scholar who has not only studied the bible extensively but also completed modern translations of both the Old and New Testaments. He is the only person who has translated the Bible on his own for over 70 years. The translation has been universally acclaimed and was presented to Bishop Libby Lane during her consecration as the first woman bishop in the Anglican Church. Who better to lead us in a consideration of the biblical basis of Christian Social Teaching? All are welcome. Further details from Derek Smith on 01299 403969.
If you need a lift to the meeting please contact Ginny Wagstaff on 01299 250883.
Postings from the Commission Administrator