Dear friends, for your information and action as appropriate:
Friday 2nd October: International Day of Nonviolence.
Support Pax Christi’s time of Prayer & Fasting for Peace in North Africa and the Middle East. See http://paxchristi.org.uk
Friday 2nd October: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day See www.cafod.org.uk
Saturday 10th October: World Homeless Day
Each year millions of people around the world mark World Homeless Day to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and to present opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while taking advantage of the stage that an ‘international day’ provides. See www.worldhomelessday.org
Sunday 11th to Sunday 18th October: Week of Prayer for World Peace
Tel. 0208 968 4340 or website www.weekofprayerforworldpeace.com
Sunday 18th October: Freedom Sunday A Global Freedom Network has been created to join the struggle against Human Trafficking. This is between Christian Churches and other Faiths, the purpose being to eradicate an injustice affecting over 30 million people and increasing daily. Working together the network is stronger.
This is an ecumenical initiative, signed by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Dr Mahmoud Azab on behalf of Al Azhar, Egypt and Mr Andrew Forrest of ‘Walk Free’. The network seeks to include other faiths in order to have a multi-faith approach to this multi-national tragedy.
Freedom Sunday provides churches with an opportunity to join together with others around the world in a day of worship, prayers and action on Human Trafficking. It challenges us and resources us to take action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our communities. See www.freedomsunday.org/resources
Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th October: One World Week: “Hope in Action”.
An opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally. For various related resources see www.oneworldweek.org/v2/
Monday 26th October: Another Meet & Mingle at the Light House Media Centre,
Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT, from 7pm to 9pm. Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary invite you to an excellent opportunity to meet and talk to Asylum Seekers and Refugees to help us to understand the difficulties they experience but also how they positively contribute to the life of the City. Party Food / Refreshments (Bring & Share – contributions welcome, especially cultural dishes). Live Music and an African Drumming workshop. Live Art Community Piece. Children's Art Creation Exercise! "Petals of Hope" women's exhibition. Self-Help Booklets will be available (free to unwaged). For more information or to confirm your attendance tel. RMC on 01902 311544 or e-mail email@example.com
City of Sanctuary is a national movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK, supported locally by Interfaith Wolverhampton.
With best wishes to you all as always,
Administrator, on behalf of the Birmingham Justice and Peace Commission
Saturday 3rd October: USAF Croughton Peace Rally and Peace Concert, Oxford
March & Rally at USAF Croughton NN13 5NQ from 12 noon to 3.30pm.
Speakers - Rebecca Johnson, Peter Burt, Paul Mobbs with special guest singer - Robb Johnson. If you need to travel to Croughton in the minibus from Oxford, book your place as soon as possible, as there are only a few places left: 01865 248 357 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace Concert, Friends Meeting House, St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW. Arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Nick Gill, Peggy Seager, Robb Johnson. Book your tickets for the evening peace concert as soon as possible – phone 01865 248 357 or Email: email@example.com
Tuesday 6th October: Proposed Vigil for Syria
Starting at 7pm prompt and intending to finish by 8.30pm at the latest. In partnership with our friends from St Chad’s Sanctuary including those who are asylum seekers from Syria and other countries. The vigil will include prayers and readings from both the Bible and the Koran. We shall use the medium of PowerPoint as well as live music and singing supported by Andy Ross (keyboards), and, hopefully cellos and flute. It is important that we create an ambience of prayer which embraces both Hope and Peace, as well as acknowledging the severity experienced by many who will be in attendance.
The evening will provide an opportunity to circulate a ‘Wish List’ of urgent items for the Sanctuary, and a retiring collection will be taken for those who can afford to give, for the Sanctuary to purchase specific items. We shall also include details for contacting Caritas Birmingham.
Refreshments will be served in the Grimshaw Room afterwards to allow hospitality and dialogue.
Saturday the 10th of October: "How can I make a difference?" Christians acting on the climate will be taking place at Christ Church, Abingdon, which isn't actually in Birmingham Archdiocese but which will be relevant for a number of the Oxford North and Oxford South Deanery churches?
It's a half-day event for people who want tips for prayer, practical action and campaigning. Sponsored by the Diocese of Oxford, Hope for the Future, and CCOW, it gives a chance to share ideas, hear about what's happening nationally and locally, and discover resources for engaging your church and your community. The event is free, but registration is essential. For more information or to register, go to website http://bit.ly/1KOgdRt or phone 01235 851763.
Saturday 10th October: ‘War Against the People’
Worcester Palestine Friendship has a meeting at 7.30pm (refreshments from 7.00pm) at
in St. George's Catholic Church Hall, Worcester WR1 1UG. The speaker is Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He regularly tries to stop the homes of Palestinians from being knocked down, and risks arrest. Contact: Lorna Archer by phoning on 07973 448 827.
Thursday 12th November: Birmingham Christian Homelessness Forum
Next meeting from 10.30-12.00 at The Church at Carr’s Lane.
Sunday 20th to Saturday 26th September: The World Council of Churches Week for Peace in Palestine/Israel - Bridges not Walls: “God has broken down the dividing Wall” (Ephesians 2:14)
This has been a summer of increased injustice and violations of human rights in Palestine. Ancient trees have been uprooted and others chopped down to make way for the separation wall that denies Palestinians their human rights. This Week for Peace gives us lots of opportunities to raise awareness, include prayers, act for justice … the smallest actions are all important. We can: include prayers of petition; put up a display; have a talk; show a video; have a discussion; send the postcard; give out prayer cards and/or leaflets.
Please inform Ann Farr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pax Christi of anything you are doing for this week - no matter how small you think it is. Events can go on the websites and it is important for people in Palestine to know. Resources are on the Pax Christi website: http://paxchristi.org.uk/campaigns/israel-and-palestine/world-week-for-peace-in-pi/ Saturday 26th September: “His Mercy is from Age to Age” (Luke 1:49) - an afternoon of Prayer and Reflection.
This afternoon of sharing ecumenically is an invitation to deepen our awareness and response to those in our families and in our neighbourhood who have dementia. Speaker : Rt. Rev. David McGough. From 2pm-6pm in St Augustine’s Church, Herbert Road, Solihull B91 3TG. Includes afternoon tea. Donations would be appreciated to cover costs. Please book by 15th September - booking forms online at www.pastoralcareproject.org.uk and also available from St Augustine’s Church. Organised by Pastoral Care Project and St Augustine’s Solihull – Birmingham East Deanery: Pastoral Care Project, St George’s House, Gerards Way, Coleshill B46 3FG.
Enquiries: Phone: 01675 434035, email: email@example.com, website www.pastoralcareproject.org.uk
Friday 2nd October: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Mass 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Oxford St., Bilston. Organised by the CAFOD parish contact at Holy Trinity church Bernard Howell, also Lay Chaplain at St Thomas More School. In addition to any donation to CAFOD that you may wish to bring, you may also like to consider using CAFOD harvest resources, thinking about Laudato si’ and basing your offerings around that theme, or more generally around climate change and the work of CAFOD and its partners.
Postings from the Commission Administrator