Catholic Peace Action, CPA, was formed in 1982. We are a small affinity group or community of Catholic Christians who, in prayer and Gospel-based discernment, explored how Christians who find themselves in a nuclear weapons state should respond.
Not wishing to duplicate other Christian and secular groups who opposed the use and possession of such weapons of mass destruction, CPA focused on the place and legitimacy of non-violent civil disobedience at the Ministry of Defence in London and at Greenham Common.
The ongoing witness of CPA over the last 40 years is recorded in the link below:
The website itself is a work in progress. Though there are many pages included, as you will see, we keep finding more material for inclusion, like photos, newspaper clippings, old newsletters and other writings! If you have anything that you think we should include please let us know. We would like to make this period of Christian witness against nuclear war preparations e.g. civil disobedience at the Ministry of Defence, as complete as possible.
We are grateful for the many people who have supported us over the years. We mention in particular friends who have died: Sarah Hipperson (co-founder of CPA), Liz Yates, Sister Mary Lampard, Father Giovanni Scudiero, Joan Hughes, and May Higgins. May these, and all workers in the vineyard of the Lord, be remembered and rest in peace.
Our witness is offered as a loyal gift to the history of the development of the Church’s social teaching on this issue. Christians who actually live in a nuclear weapons state are in a historically unique situation. They have the privilege and opportunity to respond in a way that others in the Church do not have and their witness, or lack of it, will be an important part of Church history.
We invite you to explore our web link and pass this message on to others whom you think may find it useful. Please be free to contact us if you find any errors of fact or issues of agreement and disagreement. Ongoing discernment is also a gift we offer. We know that we have touched the Faith journeys of many people and we also invite you to send us your reflections.
Catholic Peace Action
Brushstrokes Community Project
Strengthening and supporting refugees and migrants across Sandwell, West Birmingham and beyond
253 High Street Smethwick B66 3NJ Phone: 0121 565 2234
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Restore's vision is for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated.
We are delighted to publish and share Restore's Annual Report which portrays the scope and impact of Restore's work with refugees and asylum seekers. The Restore Annual Report can be accessed via this link. (It's released now, following the adoption of the audited accounts at the Birmingham Churches Together Annual General Meeting in June).
It's great that people have started signing up for Restore's Annual Celebration on Wednesday 6th July from 7.15pm at St Martin in the Bullring Church. Please book the date in your diary and sign up here to let us know you plan to attend. Plans are under way and there will be contributions by refugees and volunteers....and refreshments. All refugees, asylum seekers, volunteers, supporters and funders welcome.
Refugee Week 2022 in Birmingham runs from Saturday 18 June to Sunday 26 June. There are LOADS of events and activities for more details, please click here. For those who befriend, it would be great if you could attend an event with the refugee or asylum seeker you support. We'd like to highlight a few FREE events:
Thank you for your help, with best wishes
Jeremy Thompson, Restore Manager
Link to newsletter
You may have heard that Traidcraft will finish trading at the end of the year and that may have frightened you to death. How can we continue to run our Traidcraft Stall or get supplies?
The information we have received from Traidcraft is that, although details are not yet available, we WILL be able to continue to get supplies, although the set-up will be different. However, the new arrangements in 2019 will take time to put in place, so we think it would be wise to stock up before the end of the year.
If you want any further information, you can phone their Customer Services on 0191 491 0855.
"Our Common Home: Caring for God's Creation" an example of a Study Course for Lent that you may find interesting.
Environment: As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources. By our actions, we can mitigate the effects of climate change stop the destruction of habitats and reverse the decline of species worldwide. The way we treat the earth today is already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable in the world and, in time, will affect us all.
Statements by the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation team added to our [Position Statements] page
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