Tuesday 10th February: “Drones: Made Locally – Killing Globally!” A Peaceful Act of Witness.
From 2.30 to 3.30 pm. Public worship at UAV Engines Ltd, Lynne Lane, Shenstone, near Lichfield.
This factory is part of Elbit Systems, an Israeli company which makes engines for the ‘Watchkeeper’ drones used by the UK military. The UK government is following the US and Israel in using armed drones to kill remotely and assassinate ‘targets’ regardless of civilian casualties. Meet at Shenstone station and walk together to the factory for an act of worship and witness with liturgy and a simulation of life with military drones.
Please dress in striking clothing, especially academic or clerical dress if you have it!
This event is organised by The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Friends of Sabeel and Pax Christi. For more info on Drones please visit: www.dronewars.net
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February: Myanmar (Burma) visitors to CAFOD Birmingham. A rare opportunity to welcome CAFOD partners from Myanmar to the Birmingham Diocese, the first time we have been able to bring them to the UK in many years. We are looking forward to hearing about their work with some of the poorest communities in the world. There are three opportunities for you to meet them and hear from them:
1. Friday 13th February: A pre-Lent Balti at 6.30pm in Cotteridge, south Birmingham (restaurant to be decided). An informal chat over a meal with our visitors. A great opportunity to find out all about their work and their communities, whilst sharing part of Birmingham culture with them. Please contact the Birmingham office asap if you would like to come, so that a table can be booked.
2. Saturday 14th February: Shared lunch with talk at St Wulstan & St Thomas, 32 Vale Road, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8YL from 12noon to 4pm. Please bring along food to share.
3. Saturday 14th February: Shared supper with talk at St Peter’s parish, Rock Hill, Bromsgrove B60 3LU from 7.30 to 9.30pm (Mass is at 6pm). Please bring along food to share.
Sunday 22nd February: “Living out a Catholic Identity in a Multi-Faith Society”. A talk by Prof. Gavin D’Costa of Bristol University, at Birmingham University Catholic Chaplaincy, Harrisons Road, Edgbaston, B15 3QR. At 2pm (doors open at 1pm –tea/coffee available) admission free, everyone warmly invited. Event organised by ACTA, grass-roots Catholic movement for laity, religious and clergy, working for dialogue and openness in our Church. See www.acalltoaction.org.uk Wednesday 25th February: “Step into the Gap”- applications close for CAFOD’s gap year programme for 18-25 year olds. More details are at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year
Friday 27th & Saturday 28th February: “The Cost of Life on Earth: companies, climate change and your money”.
How do we use our investments to help tackle the climate crisis and create a more positive world? That’s not just a question for the super-wealthy: most people have bank accounts and pensions … and that makes us investors.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to engage with companies and pension funds, put together an ethical investment portfolio, help your church to think about ethical money issues, or tell the story of climate change and its impacts around the world, this conference is for you.
There will be plenary speakers giving insights and examples from their long experience in different sectors, workshops to help you take action, and a chance to reflect theologically on the issues and our responses.
7pm Friday: Dinner at St Hugh’s College, with Keynote Speakers Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, KCMG, and Tessa Tennant. Day conference: Wesley Memorial Church, Saturday 28th
10am to 5pm.
Organised by ECCR, a church-based investor coalition, registered charity and membership organisation which leads and works with others in advocacy, awareness raising and share-holder engagement on issues of business, human rights and environmental stewardship.
More details on www.eccr.org.uk
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March: Taizé Birmingham: “You are the Salt of the Earth” A weekend meeting exploring the theme of New Solidarity, for young people aged 15-35, with a Taizé Brother. Registration is now open, more information on http://bit.ly/1GJcFze and online registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/xf8p31UVwU
The Prayers are open to all ages but the workshops etc. are for young adults.The activities will be hosted by The Church at Carrs Lane and St Martin in the Bullring.
If you live in Birmingham hosts are needed for Saturday night as we hope young people will be travelling from all around the country to Birmingham for the weekend.
For further information especially if you are thinking of bringing a group or to make offers of help and hosting contact firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 21st March: J&P Diocesan Retreat - details already circulated. Tuesday 24th March: The annual Diocesan CAFOD Romero Mass at 1pm in St Chad’s Cathedral followed by a talk from Clare Dixon, Head of CAFOD’s work in Latin America and Secretary of the Archbishop Romero Trust. Hot news today: his Beatification seems imminent!
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