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Justice and Peace
We are all called to play our part in building God’s Kingdom of peace and justice. The Commission works to encourage and support individuals and groups to take that call to heart and respond in practical ways.
‘Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and the environment’. Pope Francis
This month’s listing of peace and justice related events around the Diocese and beyond – January Link
Clifton Justice and Peace Commission have produced a poster for display in parishes around the Diocese to encourage us all to value our local environment and to work to protect it. The news about the climate crisis and species loss is alarming but we, as ‘People of Hope’, can demonstrate our faith by our care for God’s creation not only in the way we live but also in our efforts to change policies and attitudes to protect the wider environment. Pope Francis in his Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ calls on us all to do what we can:
‘Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. (LS #217)
‘There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions (LS #211)
‘Along with the importance of little everyday gestures, social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a “culture of care” which permeates all of society. (LS #231)
Please feel free to print out a copy of the poster or contact email@example.com for a hard copy.
Amazon Synod: The Church is people not buildings
This is the title of a recent article written by Fr Leo Dolan, a priest of Clifton Diocese, and Dr Derek Indoe, both of whom have lived and worked in Brazil, Fr Leo ministering there for more than 35 years. Using their knowledge and experience of the region, they describe the developments over many years which have led to the Synod for the Pan Amazon region, taking place in Rome from 6th to the 27th October. The article also explains why the Synod is relevant not only to Amazonia, but to the whole Church. To read the article in full click here
CAFOD have produced a helpful article What is the Amazon Synod? which, in a simple question and answer format, describes what a Synod is, who is involved and what happens afterwards.
Salisbury J&P group hosts film evening on climate change
On 29th May at St Osmund’s parish rooms in Salisbury, the parish Justice and Peace group screened ‘An Inconvenient Sequel- Truth to Power’, Al Gore’s second film on climate change. More than 40 people attended to view the film and to discuss the implications.
The film is more than an ordered treaty on climate change; it is the on-going story of Al Gore and his mission to to tackle climate change on the world stage. He has devoted a large part of his life and been able to use his position of influence to encourage – and at times demand – that people speak up volubly about this issue. At times, this passion overflows into Al Gore bellowing to make his point. It is a wake up call for all of us.
The climax of the film is the COP Paris Conference; despite setbacks to the campaign, the film ends on a positive note.
At the end of the screening, following a short and reflective silence, a lively discussion took place with parties sharing concerns and ideas. A retiring collection raised approximately £120 which was shared between Christian Aid (for their work on Climate change) and Salisbury Transition City.
Forgotten People: Forgotten Places. Being Church on the Margins was the title of the National Justice and Peace Conference held at the weekend. Pictured below are a number of Clifton Diocese parishioners who attended the event which was organised in partnership with Church Action on Poverty. For a report of the Conference go to https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference/
Local meeting discusses the Synod on Amazonia to be held this autumn
Members of St John’s parish and Clifton Justice & Peace Commission came together to celebrate God’s glorious gift of the Amazon and its defenders. For the first time, Pope Francis has called a synod for a specific territory: the Amazon. Next October, Bishops from across the countries of the Amazon region will meet in Rome on the theme: ‘Amazonia: New Paths for the Church & for an Integral Ecology’. The meeting in Bath included conversations via SKYPE with Fr Leo Dolan, a priest of Clifton Diocese who has worked in Amazonia for more than 35 years, an indigenous speaker and Archbishop Roque of Porto Velho, and Acre, President of the Indigenous Missionary Council.
Are you interested in linking with our fellow Christians in the Amazon forests? Deforestation? Climate Change and its implications for England and Europe? Would you like to engage in further
preparation for the Synod on the Amazons to be held in Rome this 6th to 27th October 2019?
If so please contact Dr Derek Indoe firstname.lastname@example.org
The full report can be found here
Phil Kingston is a parishioner of Holy Family, Patchway and a founder-member of Grandparents for a Safe Earth . Writing in 2014, Phil described why the group had been set up: ‘We began meeting about 18 months ago, sharing the common concern of what we humans are doing to the Earth. Our focus is particularly upon Climate Change because it is a world-wide issue, with enormous risks to the safety and well-being of future generations, the poorest peoples and many other life-forms. The more we have learned, the more we have become disturbed about what is happening and about the inadequate response of Government, business and media; even though the evidence from the UN, the World Bank and the International Energy Agency is crystal-clear that climate change is caused by the overuse of fossil-fuels.
A Bristol- based film maker recently released a short video interview with Phil in which he describes his commitment to working for a safer earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea3nEOoNv_w
Porrajmos – Report of a Meeting organised by the Salisbury Justice and Peace Group
The murder by the Nazis of between a quarter and a third of all the gypsies of Europe during the Second World War is an atrocity which is little known today. While the Jewish Holocaust is well documented, the Roma and Sinti ‘Porrajmos’ (the word means the ‘devouring’ or ‘destruction’) is documented only in the records of the Nazis themselves. Estimates of the number of gypsies murdered vary between 220,000 and 500,000, with the final destruction of all the remaining gypsies in Auschwitz-Birkenau taking place on the night of 2nd-3rd August 1944.
Salisbury Justice and Peace Group held a commemorative meeting on 28th January, as a contribution to Holocaust Memorial Day. This centred round a film entitled ‘Porrajmos’, made by gypsies themselves, with support and help from the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council. This was planned as an ecumenical event, and was attended by members of other churches, in addition to the Catholic community. The event was the brainchild of Anita Pheby, who chaired it, with an opening presentation by the Reverend Jonathan Herbert, the Anglican chaplain to the gypsies of the Diocese of Salisbury. The film was then shown, followed by a lively discussion, in particular of the implications it had for us in 2019, and of the need for tolerance, understanding and love for this beleaguered community, which still today experiences much discrimination and denial of human rights in many parts of Europe. The meeting ended with concluding remarks by the Reverend John Detain, a deacon in the Salisbury Catholic parishes, and prayers by the Reverend Jonathan Herbert.
PAX CHRISTI PEACE SUNDAY 20 January 2019
Christi sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day. If it is not mentioned in your parish could you ask why and offer to help use the resources?
Theme for 2019 : Good politics is at the service of peace
“Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures. There is no peace without mutual trust. And trust has as its first condition respect for the word given. Political commitment – which is one of the highest expressions of charity – brings concern for the future of life and the planet” from Vatican Press Statement.
Recent National Justice and Peace Network Conference celebrates 40th Anniversary
This year’s Conference in Derbyshire took the theme, ‘In the shelter of each other the people live’ and explored building a Church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the most vulnerable at its heart. Reports of the Conference including a flavour of the issues covered by the speakers and range of workshops, are available at https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/category/conference-2018/ . You can view videos of the speakers recorded by Stephen Cooke of Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkyXpch4sg&list=PL5UUtVasGFc86xfJa4vp-uhh6jSE3bhq5 .
Curlews and Epiphany:
Mary Colwell has written an article about Curlews, In December 2015, the Eurasian curlew, our curlew, was put onto the red list of endangered species.
You can read her full article here: Mary Colwell – Curlews and Epiphany
Holy Family parishioner, Phil Kingston wins award by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards 2017 include Phil Kingston (pictured third from the left) for his work in setting up Grandparents for a Safer Earth. This organisation seeks to mobilise grandparents and elders to take direct action to raise awareness of the risks of global warming and climate change.
The Carbon Neutral Diocese Group is a subgroup of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission. It was formed in Summer 2015 with the aim of helping the Diocese to reduce its carbon use and eventually reach neutrality, but it is also concerned with wider environmental issues, such as water usage and recycling. Members are Sue Ingham (Secretary of the Justice and Peace Com), Carmody Grey (Ph D student, University of Bristol), David Maggs (Diocese of Bath and Wells), Kester Ratcliffe (Easton Energy Group), Tim Coyle (Surveyor and Diocesan Trustee), Lisa Loveridge (Co-ordinator). Derek Salmon (Diocesan Surveyor) is attending the next meeting. Ffi please contact Lisa Loveridge on 01225 282915 or email@example.com
Laudato Si Pope Francis’ encyclical on Care of our Common Home. For a copy and summary of the document click here.
A climate-change awareness website has been set up by a group of parishioners at St Charles Borromeo in Birmingham, ‘inspired by the letter to everyone – a CAFOD video about care for our common home by Pope Francis, Laudato Si.’ The website includes a prayer page which is overseen by a Benedictine oblate.
What’s happening in your parish/area?
Help us to let others know about your work for peace and justice by sending a report with a picture, if possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Laudato Si: A Call to Action Day of Reflection Saturday, 10 March
Catholic environmentalists Mary Colwell and Ellen Teague led a day of reflection on Saturday in Salisbury, focusing on the imperatives in the 2015 environment encyclical of Pope Francis – Laudato Si’. Around 40 people attended the event, ‘Laudato Si’: A Call to Action’, organised by Salisbury Justice and Peace Group and Clifton Diocese Justice and Peace Commission. To read more of the report from Independent Catholic News, click here