An extra edition of the
NW NJPN E Bulletin for mid-June
features a wide range of resources for Refugee Week 14-20 June including a series of audio dramas from Counterpoint Arts by contemporary Kosovan and Balkan writers, available on Zoom plus news of a photographic series to echo this year’s theme ‘We cannot walk alone.’ Other news articles look at the horrific discovery of a mass grave at a residential school for indigenous children in Canada; German Cardinal Marx’s resignation regarding the Church’s ‘systemic failure’ on abuse; reports from JRS, CAFOD and LIfe on the Breadline. Joan Baez is honoured by the Kennedy Centre for performing Arts for her humanitarian and peace work over a long career. There are obituaries of Sr Isabel Kelly, campaigner against human trafficking, and broadcaster Peter France. Faiths4Change are offering fully funded places on an accredited course in Liverpool to explore climate change and carbon footprints and Green Christian announce a VI Form module based on Laudato Si’. Book reviews and diary dates complete a packed bulletin. Please read and pass on.
NJPN E BULLETIN
NJPN Mid June Bulletin
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Open Heaven 2021 is about to launch
Open Heaven, the initiative to prayer-walk every street in Coventry during June 2021, is about to launch! Building upon last year’s amazing prayer walk, many church leaders in the city have felt it is a crucial time to cover the city in prayer again as City of Culture year is now underway and the nation is set to come out of lockdown.
The User Guide (with Isaiah 61 Prayer Pointers) is now available; and the App goes live to earmark streets this Friday 28th May at 9am. You can also follow on social media using the @openheavencov handle and #ohcov.
Link to newsletter
____Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
In the summer of 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed a Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, to examine ‘why so many disparities persist’ and ‘what can be done to eliminate or mitigate them’. The Commission was specifically tasked
to look at ‘race and ethnic disparities in education, employment, crime and policing and health.’ The Commission’s Report was published on 31 March 2021 with headlines saying that the UK should be seen as an ‘international exemplar of racial equality’ and ‘there was no evidence of institutional racism’. Throughout its Report the Commission is suggesting that, given the progress that has been made and given the complexity of inequalities based on race, class, geography and other factors, we should be taking steps to improve outcomes for all rather than concentrating too much on race. The Commission looks carefully at four areas.
Read more - follow link to CARJ
CARJ newsletter April 2021
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.
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.
Link to Operation Noah May 2021 Newsletter
Operation Noah’s annual Supporters’ Event
9 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Faith and Justice Commission
I hope you will be able to take the time to read and share the newsletter.
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Reports and newsletters mentioned in this issue are available at http://www.lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk/newsletter/
Peace & best wishes
Administrator Lancaster Diocesan Faith& Justice Commission
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Restore's vision is for a society into which all refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed, valued and integrated.
Please follow link to:
April 2021 - Newsletter
May 2021 - Newsletter
June 2021 - Newsletter
Recruiting a part-time Befriending Women’s Worker
Our original plans for this new post were derailed by the pandemic but we are delighted to be advertising for someone to start in September.
We are looking for someone with the passion and organisational and pastoral skills needed to assist with Restore’s women’s befriending work and support female refugees and asylum seekers and female volunteers. There will also be involvement in organising group social activities for women and occasionally for families. This role requires commitment to Restore, collaborative team work, the ability to juggle tasks and excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills. The post is 21 hours a week on a 12-month fixed term contract.
For more information, Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form please click here.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 1 July 2021 at 12 noon
Interviews: Friday 23 July, and we are hoping that interviews will be face-to-face.
Jeremy, Rachel, Andy and Geraldine
Restore Staff Team
Dear Diocesan Friends
At Saturday’s AGM the meeting asked the Chair of NJPN to write to the Cardinal – “Those at the AGM of the National Justice and Peace Network, meeting on Saturday, were deeply shocked to hear of the attack by Israeli Police on Palestinians at prayer in the Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday evening. Palestinian worshippers have been denied access to the Al Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan and this, along with the police and military incursions into this holy place, the use of stun grenades, rubber coated steel bullets and water cannons on those at worship, all contravene international law…….
We urge you and the Bishops of England and Wales to answer the call of the Heads of Churches in Palestine who say:
‘We call upon the International Community, the Churches and all people of goodwill to intervene in order to put an end to these provocative actions, and to continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We join in prayer with the intention of the Holy Father Pope Francis that “the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail.”
We further ask you to:
Circles of Silence - Nakba Memorial - May 15th 2021
Brushstrokes Community Project
Strengthening and supporting refugees and migrants across Sandwell,
West Birmingham and beyond
News Letter March 2021
Phone: 0121 565 2234
Brushstrokes Community Project is part of Father Hudson’s Care
Father Hudson’s Care is a working name of Father Hudson’s Society
Registered in England & Wales, no. 1653388
Registered charity no. 512992
Reaching out to provide Social Care in the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham
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
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