Bristol BS5 0RE
‘Our Common Home – creative responses’
How best can we act? That is the key question at the heart of Bristol’s ‘Our Common Home – creative responses’ day. Keynote speaker is Fr Augusto Zampini Davies – a former Bath University student and now a Vatican official. The event, at St Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Hall, Bristol (1), is on Saturday 8 February from 10.30am [coffee] to 2.30 (or 4pm for those remaining to network. Local organiser Sue Ingham says: “Hosted by Clifton Justice & Peace Commission for the National Justice and Peace Network, this event will respond to the climate emergency in light of Pope Francis’s Laudato si’ (2) and of last October’s Amazon Synod at the Vatican, Rome (3)”.
Fr Augusto will share some of the outcomes of October’s Amazon Synod. He was one of 8 experts appointed to study outcomes of the pre-Synod consultations. These were held with local gatherings across Amazonia for consideration in the drafting of the Amazon Synod’s working document.
Originally from Argentina, Fr Augusto’s links with Clifton Diocese go back to his time at the University of Bath. He served for a time as theology advisor to CAFOD and is now Director of Development and Faith at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development. (4)
Following Fr Augusto’s talk and Q+A, Phil Kingston, of Holy Family, Patchway, a founder-member of Grandparents for a Safe Earth, (5), will help us to deal with the feelings thrown up by concerns for our common home.
After lunch Nikki Jones MSc, independent researcher and writer, will share where the West of England, and we as individuals, are with our climate goals. She will examine the role of the ‘Global North’ in this, and the urgent importance of changes in consumption in the ‘Global North’ – including personal action. Nikki founded the local charity, Avon Needs Trees, which has a recent agreement in place to buy land between Chippenham and Calne for reforestation (6).
There will opportunities to share what justice and peace activities groups are involved with locally and around the country. Representatives of national agencies will report on their work and suggest practical ways of becoming involved in campaigning for social justice.
Anyone concerned about peace and social justice and the riches of Catholic Social Teaching will be most welcome: the meeting is open to all.
Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own lunch.
Further details (including directions) are on the NJPN website https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/njpn-meetings/
Fr Augusto Zampini Davies
Fr Augusto is an Argentine priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. He is currently working as Director of Development and Faith at the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Vatican.
The former theological adviser to CAFOD, he is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University. Trained as a lawyer and moral theologian in Argentina, he holds a Masters in Wellbeing and Human Development (University of Bath, 2009-10), a PhD in Theology (Roehampton University, London’ 2010-2014), and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge (2013-2014). Fr Augusto has been lecturing on theology, Christian ethics and human rights since 2004 and is a member of multiple teaching societies. His area of research is social ethics and he has conducted research on environmental ethics in the light of the Catholic tradition.
Fr Augusto has also been a contributor to mainstream and Catholic media on matters pertaining to Pope Francis, Catholic Social Teaching, and social Catholicism more generally.
As a priest, Augusto most recently served at Holy Apostles, Archdiocese of Westminster, London and as an ad-hoc adviser to Cardinal Vincent Nichols on environmental issues. Fr Augusto previously served as an assistant priest and chaplain in different parishes and institutions in Argentina, many of them located in the poorest neighbourhoods of Greater Buenos Aires.
(1): St Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Hall, Bristol: https://tolentino.org.uk/
(2): Pope Francis’s Laudato si’: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html
(3): last October’s Amazon Synod at the Vatican: http://www.sinodoamazonico.va/content/sinodoamazonico/en/documents.html
(4): CAFOD – the Catholic international development charity in England and Wales. : https://cafod.org.uk/
(5): the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development : http://www.humandevelopment.va/en.html
(6): Grandparents for a Safe Earth: https://network23.org/gfase/
(7): Avon Needs Trees: https://www.avonneedstrees.org.uk/