Lent 2018 Events

Tues 20th March Christian CND Embassies Walk. Join us as we visit the London embassies of key states to discuss the progress of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.  Meet at 11am at Dick Sheppard Chapel, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London for a short service before the walk. We will have briefings and lunch in the cafe after 11.30am and the first embassy visits will be after 1pm. If you are planning on coming it’s a good idea to let us know 020 7700 4200, as some (but not all) embassies will require visitors’ names in advance.

Tues 20th March Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador. Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador is a new play by RISE Theatre in association with The Archbishop Romero Trust, looking at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice. Suitable for 11yrs+ at  St Ignatius Church, Stamford Hill, London on Tuesday 20 March 2018 Doors Open at 7:00PM. Ticket Price: £5.00 – £7.00* Book now https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/NDkNOhSKDBHn

Thurs 22nd March Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador at Northampton Cathedral, Northampton.  Doors Open at 7:00PM.  Ticket Price: £5.00 – £10.00* See above for information. Book now  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/wSGAiHHNBYSx

Thurs 22nd March LGBT Catholics Westminster Building a Bridge Discussion & Reflection – the 2nd Building a Bridge gathering takes place in the Parish Hall, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH on Thursday, 22 March. Light snacks and refreshments will be available from 18.30, starting the session at 19.00, and finishing at 20.30. This week’s theme is Different Gifts, Pg. 89, in Building A Bridge, James Martin SJ. Copies of the book are available at £10.00 (reduced from 15.99). All are welcome!

Fri 23rd March Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill on Friday 23 March 2018. Doors Open at 7:00PM Ticket Price: £5.00 – £10.00*  See above for information. Book now: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/pElCQYFYWULA

Sat 24th March Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador at Parish Hall, St Benedicts, Ealing Abbey. See above for information. Doors open 7pm. Book now:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/OKGBuFnMISiS

Sat 24th March Romero Feast Day Mass on the Anniversary of his assassination at 12.30pm, St George’s Cathedral, Southwark Main celebrant: Archbishop Peter Smith.

Tues 27th March CAFOD Masterclasses.  10am – 3pm. Develop your potential. CAFOD Masterclasses offer 3 free short courses to young adults aged 18-30 who want to develop their skills in print or digital communications, campaigning or fundraising. Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by leaders in their fields.  After a day of building your skills, you’ll be supported to put what you’ve learned into action in support of the world’s poorest people.  Sign up here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafod-masterclasses-tickets-42633800846?aff=eac2

Sunday 1st April Christian CND Easter Sunday Vigil, speakers, tying of dove shapes and messages of peace to the fences, and more at Aldermaston 12noon. Interfaith vigil at 1.30pm. CND 60th Anniversary event with speeches, music and memories at AWE Aldermaston, where CND held its first ever demonstration. CND 020 7700 2393.

Mon 2- Wed 11th April Justice and Peace Commission Pilgrimage to Europe

Fri 6th April Indigenous Wisdom of the Feminine ENVIRONMENTAL PEACEBUILDING,PEACE & CONFLICT at St Ethelburgha’s, 6.30 – 9 pm. Free.  Pat McCabe will speak about a concept that was given to her spiritually, named “Archetypal Woundings of Humanity,” which will explore the ways in which the so-called witch hunts in Europe affected humanity at large, and how they connect to indigenous peoples.  Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-feminine-and-the-seeds-of-the-future-tickets-29216765131

Wed 11/Thurs 12th April Christian CND  DSEI Arms Fair Trials. Come and support protesters on trial for blocking weapons deliveries to the DSEI arms fair. The trial begins at 10am each day. Stratford Magistrates Court, 389-397 High St, London E15 4SB. For more information contact Trident Ploughshares by phoning 0345 3488 363 or emailing tplegalsupportengland@tridentploughshares.org

Sun 15th April Find your purpose: Stories of overcoming adversity to live a life of meaning 3 – 6 pm at St Ethelburgha’s. Do you long to make a difference? What can we learn from those who have successfully overcome adversity and forged a life of purpose? Come and listen to three extraordinary young adults who have chosen different paths to put spiritual values into action.  With Saif Ali, James Adams, Kara Moses and others. Scroll down for info. For more information contact Justine Huxley on 0207 496 1611 or justine.huxley@stethelburgas.org

Sat 21st April West London J&P Network Spring meeting 10am -12pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, Botwell Lane, Hayes UB3 2AB. (Coffee/tea from 9.45) Contact Maggie Beirne maggiebeirne@googlemail.com

Tues 24th April “THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: BUILDING A DIRECT ACTION MOVEMENT” with Roger Hallam of Rising Up. TIME: 6.00pm PLACE: London Catholic Worker, 49 Mattison Road, Haringay, London N4 1BG. “Roger Hallam has been researching what makes for effective direct action movements, as well as practicing it himself. His focus is on climate change, and he is looking to engage with Christians. Roger Hallam is also currently involved with the “Stop Killing Londoners” campaign on air pollution.

Fri 27th April Christian CND From Trident to What? Defence, Jobs and Diversification. 7pm-9:30pm. Friends Meeting House, 56 St Helen’s St, Derby DE1 3HY. As part of Derby Peace Week, Derby CND hosts this debate on Trident and defence diversification. Speakers include Chris Williamson MP, Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper) and Dave Webb (CND Chair). For more information contact 07557 271015 or email viv.carnea@gmail.com

Sat 28th April Understanding CAFOD. 10 am – 3 pm. An exciting day filled with workshops for long standing and new CAFOD supporters: Speakers Juan Carlos Gazol from our Central America office and Sister Clara from Zambia. Discuss how we can live out the message of Pope Francis, campaign for justice, Share the Journey with refugees, discovering CAFOD and spread the messages in schools and parishes. A great opportunity to meet other CAFOD supporters, pray together and learn new things. We will be having a shared lunch at 1pm so please bring food to share.

After lunch, if you still have some time we are inviting you to join us for a Share the Journey walk, in the Imperial War Museum gardens, in solidarity with refugees. From 2pm to 3pm.

Contacts Marine Harrington – mharrington@cafod.org.uk Telephone 0208 466 9901

Mobile 07710 094 446

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February 2018 events

Thurs Feb 22nd This Evil Thing a play by Michael Mears about conscientious objectors. 7pm at St Augustine’s Church, 49 Mattison Road, London N4 1BG, buses 29, 141, 341. Tubes Turnpike Lane or Manor House. Entrance free. Information at www.conscientiousobjectorsremembered.com hfwwpf@yahoo.com

Fri Feb 23rd Lent Fast Day This Lent we are working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe. Hunger can kill children, but CAFOD is providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat. CAFOD talk at masses in parish weekend before Lent Family Fast Day on 17 & 18 February, when the envelopes are normally distributed. CAFOD collection weekend after Family Fast day, 24 & 25 February, when the CAFOD envelopes are collected

Sat Feb 24th Safe Passage Training. Safe Passage is the organisation which has lobbied fairly successfully for more unaccompanied child asylum seekers to be admitted to the UK. They have enabled over 1100 to come in from across Europe and have recently held actions to highlight the iniquitous Calais situation. Westminster J&P is represented in this campaign. All are welcome to come. Sign up and get more information about the training here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/building-britains-welcome .

Mon Feb 26th-Sun Mar 11th FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
At Justice and Peace we are asking: Could everyone hold a ‘Big Brew’ during the Fortnight, and send a picture in? Teaparties or coffee mornings across the diocese using Fairtrade goods, would be a great way to celebrate the diocese’s Fairtrade commitment. We will collate your pictures on our Facebook page for all to enjoy. And don’t forget to tweet your pictures with #westminsterbigbrew.
‘For hundreds of years we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade we are entrepreneurs.’ Marcial Quintero, banana grower in Panama


Monday 2nd – 11th April Westminster Justice and Peace Intergenerational Pilgrimage for Europe Booking now! What will YOUR Europe look like? We will visit places which symbolise Europe as a place of reconciliation, peace and human rights. While we are leaving the EU, we cannot leave our continent! We must continue to cherish the links developed over years, decades and centuries, and make them stronger.
Contact justice@rcdow.org.uk Subsidies available for young people. Don’t miss the coach!

WANTED – VOLUNTEERS FOR JUSTICE & PEACE OFFICE – click here for more info.

ONLY 7 MORE PARISHES TO GO! Has your church signed up yet?! The Justice & Peace Commission continues to campaign to get parishes in the Diocese of Westminster affiliated to Fairtrade. Let’s make Westminster a Fairtrade Diocese in 2018!! MORE INFO FROM CAFOD, JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION, FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION

January 2018 Events

Sun Jan 14th Peace Sunday 2018 The theme for Peace Sunday 2018 is Migrants and Refugees – seekers of peace. See Pax Christi website for resources: www.paxchristi.org.uk

Mon Jan 15th “Caste Aside” (a documentary about caste based discrimination) at 7:00 PM at St Anselm’s Parish Hall (The Green, Southall UB2 4BE). There will be a panel/Q & A session after the screening. Further details are available in the links below http://stanselmchurchsouthall.com/cnacd/

https://www.casteaside.com/

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-of-caste-aside-documentary-tickets-40990218848

Sat Jan 20th CAFOD Parish volunteers. The meeting will take place on 10am – 12.30pm at St Mary Moorfields, Parish Centre, in the basement, 4-5 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS (near Liverpool Street Station).

  • a talk by CAFOD’s Gemma Salter, who will give a first-hand account of our work in Zimbabwe.
  • This Lent we will be focusing on CAFOD’s work tackling child malnutrition in Zimbabwe.
  • During the meeting we will also give you a preview of our new 2018 Campaign called “Share the Journey”. · Please e-mail westminster@cafod.org.uk to book a place or phone us for further details 0208 4496970

Mon Jan 22nd Justice, Peace and Laudato Si’! talk by Ellen Teague, of Columban team for Justice, Peace and Care for Creation 7pm at Newman House, 111 Gower Street, WC1E 6AR All welcome

Tues Jan 23rd Humanising the Economy, a talk by Sr Cécile Renouard RA, 7pm at Newman House, 111 Gower Street, WC1E 6AR

Thurs Jan 25th CARJ (Catholic Association for Racial Justice) Urban Network meeting, Newman House, 111 Gower Street, WC1E 6AR Please contact Richard Zipfel: richard@zipfel.uk.com for further information or to notify attendance.

Sun Jan 28th Racial Justice Sunday

Thurs Feb 22nd This Evil Thing a play by Michael Mears about conscientious objectors. 7pm at St Augustine’s Church, 49 Mattison Road, London N4 1BG, buses 29, 141, 341. Tubes Turnpike Lane or Manor House. Entrance free. Information at www.conscientiousobjectorsremembered.com hfwwpf@yahoo.com

NB Lent CAFOD talk at masses in parish weekend before, Lent Family Fast Day on 17 & 18 February, when the envelopes are normally distributed. CAFOD collection weekend after Family Fast day, 24 & 25 February, when the CAFOD envelopes are collected

November 2017 Events

Sat 4th Nov – Catholic Association for Racial Justice AGM 11am-4pm St Thomas More Church, 9 Henry Rd, London N4 2LH.  Arrivals and registration from 10:30.  The business meeting will start promptly at 11:00, followed by  Mass, lunch, and an afternoon session exploring the theme: Supporting Vulnerable Groups in a Changing World. 

Sat 4th Nov – Revive Congo  will be celebrating our 5th year anniversary at the Haggerston Community Centre E8 4FF    Book tickets through Eventbrite.

Sun 5th Nov – Fairtrade Fayre at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Church Enfield EN2 6DS 9.55am   (begins after 9am Mass). All welcome. An excellent place and time to pick up ethical Christmas presents and cards!

7th-8th Nov – AEFJN-UK (Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network, mainly for religious) Antenna Meeting  Wistaston Hall, Crewe.  The programme includes the film ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Al Gore’s follow up film and a talk from Tim Jones of Jubilee Debt.  Contact Bro Eddie Slawinski at  jpicmillhillbritreg@care4free.net

Tues 7th Nov – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month) 12.30 in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St:  We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees

Fri 10th Nov – Holy Hour of Prayer for Peace St Mellitus Church Tollington Park N4 3AG (Finsbury Park tube) 6pm to 7pm, Vigil  for  Vatican peace conference. Pray and fast for the success of Vatican conference on nuclear weapons (10-11 Nov in Rome).  If you cannot make it to St Mellitus, organise a prayer service of your own.  See Pax Christi website for resources:

http://paxchristi.org.uk/2017/10/21/pray-and-fast-in-support-of-vatican-conference-on-nuclear-weapons-november-2017/

Tues 21st Nov – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every third Tues of the Month) 12:30pm, by the Home Office, Marsham Street: CW vigil. We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Sat 25th Nov – National Justice and Peace Networking Day St Thomas More Church, 9 Henry Road, London N4 2LH.   10.30-4pm.  Discussion on  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Network, and opportunities to network and discuss with justice and peace activists and national agencies.  For more information see www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/njpn-meetings or contact Ann at admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk 0207901 4864

October 2017 Events

Mon 9th Oct – Launch: Sponsor Refugees: The Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of RefugeesThis aspires to be the leading civic society organisation working to grow sponsorship of refugees across Britain.   Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm prompt start. Dinner shall be served and we hope to conclude by 8pm.  Venue: London Muslim Centre, 46-92 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JQ (map)  Kindly RSVP via Eventbrite.co.uk  –  Sponsor Refugees: The Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of Refugees.

Thurs 12th Oct – Hate Crime – day seminar. 10.30am-3.30pm  lunch provided. Harlesden Methodist Church, 25 High Street, NW10 4NE.  Contact London Churches Social Action:  londonchurches@btinternet.com

Tues 17th Oct – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every third Tues of the Month) 12:30pm, by the Home Office, Marsham Street: CW vigil. We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Sat 28th Oct – Westminster Justice and Peace Annual Study Day on Human Rights after Brexit.  See here for further details.

Tues 31st Oct – The Balfour Centenary:  Britain’s Broken Promise – Time for a new approach  6.30-8.30pm Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.   Speakers include Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Sir Vincent Fean, former UK Consul-General, Jerusalem; Rabbi Danny Rich, Senior Rabbi, Liberal Judaism; and more.  Buy tickets from www.Balfourproject.org  or  eventbrite.co.uk

Sun 5th Nov – Fairtrade Fayre   at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Church Enfield EN2 6DS 9.55am   (begins after 9am Mass). All welcome. An excellent place and time to pick up ethical Christmas presents and cards!

Sat 4th Nov – Revive Congo  will be celebrating our 5th year anniversary at the Haggerston Community Centre E8 4FF    Book tickets through Eventbrite.

Tues 7th Nov – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month) 12.30 in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St:  We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees

7th-8th Nov – AEFJN-UK (Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network, mainly for religious) Antenna Meeting  Wistaston Hall, Crewe.  The programme includes the film ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ Al Gore’s follow up film and a talk from Tim Jones of Jubilee Debt.  Contact Bro Eddie Slawinski at  jpicmillhillbritreg@care4free.net

September 2017 Events

1 September – 4 October – Creation time Starting on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1st September, Pope Francis has asked us to mark this period of Creation time with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it.    To help your parish respond, the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission have produced a new downloadable resource called Reflections During Creation Time: Praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si’.   This season is also a good opportunity to use CAFOD’s Power to be liturgy or to consider becoming a livesimply award parish.

Mon 4-11 Sept – Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action: London. At the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL.  For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.  This year the week of action has multiple actions planned on each day.      www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/

  • Thurs 7th Solidarity Without Borders: The arms and security industry profits from a cycle of repression and violence which marks all our lives, from fuelling conflicts and state oppression with weapons to policing national borders and criminalising migrants and other vulnerable communities. But our resistance is powerful. Join us as we make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders.
  • Fri 8th   Conference at the Gates: The military and the arms trade plan in increasingly significant role in universities and schools. As government funding is drained from universities, the arms trade and the military are moving in. On the Friday, academics, students and other will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education; and this will take place at the gates of one of the world’s largest arms fairs.
  • Sat 9th Big Day of Action: The week of action will culminate in the Big Day of Action on Saturday, a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement. But we need you to make it as big as it can be. Come and celebrate a successful week of action, and help cause havoc for the arms fair’s organisers.
  • Sun 10th War Resisters International: War Resisters International will hold a public event on international militarism and the arms trad e, bringing activists from countries affected by the arms trade into dialogue with activists from exporting countries.

Sat 9th Sept – Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart  will be celebrated at Tower Hill at 1pm during which Fr Oliver Barry OMI will bless an image of Venerable Mother Magdalen Taylor and have it installed in the Sacred Heart Chapel, English Martyrs Church, Tower Hill, E1 8BB.  Remember to check the tubes and buses in advance of your travel.  Kindly invite any of your family and friends to join us for this celebration of a future saint in the diocese of Westminster.

Sat 16th Sept – Romero, El Salvador and Harvest Fast Day Briefing (6th October)  10am – 12 noon: a talk by Clare Dixon from our Latin America team. Clare has been playing a major part in CAFOD’s work to keep up work begun in Blessed Oscar Romero’s time to ensure that the voice of the poor and persecuted is not silenced in El Salvador.  This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar who was martyred in March 1980, while he was Archbishop of El Salvador and Clare will talk about his legacy and present work there.  Harvest Fast Day will focus on Blessed Oscar and our current work in El Salvador.   Please join us for this volunteer meeting, which will be held at CAFOD Westminster Volunteer Centre, First Floor, Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, N14 4HE.  Book via Eventbrite here or contact CAFOD Westminster by e-mail westminster@cafod.org.uk or 0208 449 6970.

Thurs 19th Sept – Human Trafficking- Responding Locally, by Caritas Westminster and the Santa Marta Group  18:30 – 20:30. .  Based in Camden, Islington or Brent? Want to learn more about Human Trafficking?  Join us to hear about what you can do locally to help combat human trafficking and modern slavery. Caritas Westminster and Santa Marta Group in conjunction with Local and Met Police will explain why human trafficking is an issue, the extent of the problem in London, and talk about practical actions you can take. Hear from experts in the field of human trafficking and modern slavery. Speakers include:  Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Mick Duthie- Deputy Director of the Santa Marta Group, Detective Superintendent Treena Fleming of the Camden and Islington Police, Met Police, Caritas Westminster.  Refreshments Provided. Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church Parish Hall, 1 Stafford Road, NW6 5RS

Sat 23 Sept Romero Day, London  With activities and events to mark the Romero Centenary, culminating in 3pm Evensong at Westminster Abbey; preacher – Lord Rowan Williams including the debut of a new piece by James MacMillan, commissioned for the occasion.  For further information contact romerotrust@gmail.com

Sat 23 Sept – NJPN Open Networking Day10.30 – 1.00  CAFOD  Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB  Speaker: Mike Duthie, Deputy Director of the Santa Marta Group on Church and Police Combatting Modern Slavery, Plus: opportunities to network and get updates from justice and peace activists and national agencies For more information see www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/njpn-meetings or
contact Ann at admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk, 020 7901 4864
Followed by Evensong to commemorate Bl Oscar Romero, at Westminster Abbey (see above),

Mon 2nd Oct – Non-Violence Works!  London event 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7HY.   An opportunity for the Christian community to engage in creative  peacemaking.  With speakers Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi international who has played a leading role in the joint Vatican-Pax Christi International initiative on Non-violence, and Maria Stephen, senior policy fellow at the US Institute of Peace.  Open event but RSVP Pax Christi info@paxchristi.org.uk

August & September 2017 Events

Tues 1-28th Aug People Power: Fighting for Peace From conscientious objectors to peace camps and modern day marches, Fighting for Peace tells the stories of passionate people over the past one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause at the Imperial War Museum.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/fighting-for-peace

Sun 6th Aug Hiroshima commemorations organised by Pax Christi @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in  Westminster Cathedral Piazza, Victoria, London SW1P.  LITURGY VIGIL

Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf        Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Nagasaki Commemorations @ Westminster Cathedral Piazza Organised by Pax Christi.  Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf.  Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Mark the anniversary of execution of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, martyr for peace. Resources on Pax Christi website http://paxchristi.org.uk/ Annual service @ 6.30 in the Crypt Chapel, Westminster Cathedral. Access from Ambrosden Avenue, through car park. Followed by the annual interfaith peace walk to Battersea Park.

Sat 12th Aug Romero Centenary Mass organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust at 12.30 pm in St Georges Cathedral, Southwark, SE1 7HY.  Principal Celebrabt Archbishop Peter Smith, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia will give the homily. Refreshments to follow in the Amigo Hall All Welcome!

Fri 25-28th Aug Greenbelt Festival: Nr Kettering: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk, 0207 329 0038

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

Fri 1 Sep-4 Oct Creation Day and Creation Time: SEE National Justice and Peace website www.justice-and-peace.org.uk  and www.ctbi.org.uk for further details.  Organise your own parish event!

Some more events in September as part of the Stop the Arms Fair Week of Action

Events should take place at ExCeL Centre, ExCeL Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL. Check the Stop the Arms Fair website for latest details. From their website:

“For four days in September 2017, the international weapons industry plans to set up shop in London at a huge arms fair: DSEI. The weapons sold here fuel the death, destruction and injustice perpetrated by militaries, police forces and at borders around the world.

In 2015, hundreds of people took part in a huge week of action to stop the set up of the arms fair – the biggest-ever protests against DSEI. For six days we blocked entrances, disrupting the set-up of the fair.

With the arms fair planning to return in 2017, the protests will be even bigger and – with your help – we plan to shut it down for good!

This year the week of action has multiple actions planned on each day”

Mon 4th Sept Stop Arming Israel: During the world’s biggest arms fair, Israel and its arms companies will have a National Pavilion and boar about their field-tested weapons systems, which have been used to devastate Palestinian families and destroy their communities. Join a day of creative action in support of the campaign to stop arming Israel. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Tues 5th Sept No Faith in War: Faith groups of all kinds will come together for a day of worship and nonviolent action against the arms trade and war profiteering. From holding services in the road to bearing witness, they will be coming together to say ‘no faith in war!’ If you’re part of a faith group and want to take action then please get in touch. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Wed 6th Sept Anti-nuclear action: Nuclear weapons don’t make us safer: they threaten all our lives. Trident is estimated to cost the UK over £205 billion and is draining vital public resources away from the things in which we really need to invest: schools, hospitals and social services. On the Wednesday, join a day of creative direct action against nuclear weapons companies. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Thurs 7th Sept Solidarity Without Borders: The arms and security industry profits from a cycle of repression and violence which marks all our lives, from fuelling conflicts and state oppression with weapons to policing national borders and criminalising migrants and other vulnerable communities. But our resistance is powerful. Join us as we make links between the issues to build solidarity without their borders. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Fri 8th Sept Conference at the Gates: The military and the arms trade plan in increasingly significant role in universities and schools. As government funding is drained from universities, the arms trade and the military are moving in. On the Friday, academics, students and other will come together for a day of workshops and panel discussions exploring the militarisation of our education; and this will take place at the gates of one of the world’s largest arms fairs. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Sat 9th Sept Big Day of Action: The week of action at DSwill culminate in the Big Day of Action on Saturday, a colourful and powerful carnival of resistance, with music, art, drama and creative action to celebrate our movement. But we need you to make it as big as it can be. Come and celebrate a successful week of action, and help cause havoc for the arms fair’s organisers. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

Sun 10th Sept War Resisters International: War Resisters International will hold a public event on international militarism and the arms trade, bringing activists from countries affected by the arms trade into dialogue with activists from exporting countries. https://www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk/events/stop-the-arms-fair-week-of-action/

July 2017 Events

July 1st-30th Call me by my name: stories from Calais and Beyond A critically acclaimed multimedia exhibition exploring the complex and human stories behind the current migration crisis, with a particular focus on the now-demolished Calais camp.  More info: migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/calaisstories/

July 1st-30th 100 Images of Migration 100 Images of Migration is a collection of diverse images by professional and amateur photographers. The subjects of these images range from the unique to the everyday; together they tell a compelling story about what migration means now to people across the UK. More info: migrationmuseum.org/exhibition/100-images-of-migration/     Opening hours (FOR BOTH EXHIBITIONS): Wednesdays-Sundays, 10am-4pm  Location: Migration Museum at The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1 7AG

Tues 4th July Anti-Trafficking Conference for support providers or managers working directly with victims of traffickin. The day will consist of a series of panel discussions with practical information from leading lawyers in this area. 9:00-17:30.  Registration Free – details here: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/events/?mc_cid=a22a2d4224&mc_eid=93232d54d1

(Note Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees – there will be no Catholic Worker vigil at the Home Office or Downing Street in July and August)

Thurs 6th July Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence  ‘Who we lock up and why: from the dangerous and difficult to the innocent’ Talk by John Podmore,  professor of applied social sciences.  Free entry from 6pm. Meeting 6.30- 8pm, BPP University (Waterloo Lecture Theatre), 137 Stamford St, Lambeth, London SE1 9NN – 5 mins walk from Waterloo station.  Organised by PPMI – donations welcome.  See www.prisonersmaintaininginnocence.org.uk  for more information.

Tues 11th July London: Migration and Citizenship conference Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm Venue: Room 3002, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE.  Free entry Information at  Web page: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/events/item/2670/11-jul-2017-migration-and-citizenship-conference/?utm_source=Print&utm_medium=Print&utm_campaign=PG%20May%202017%20Migration%20conference%20Poster

Thurs 13th July The Catholic Worker invites you to join them for the visit of Bishop John Sherrington to Giuseppe Conlon House at 11am. All volunteers, friends and supporters of GCH are invited to join an informal meeting with the bishop. Please let us know if you would like to join us. The address of Giuseppe Conlon House is 49 Mattison road London N4 1BG. To get in touch please email or phone us at 02083488212.

Thurs 13th July Listening to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: A CAFOD talk – Southwark. 07:00pm ‐ 09:00pm organised by CAFOD. Address: St Edmunds Hall, Village Way, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3NA (opposite the Church of St. Edmund of Canterbury)  Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/listening-to-the-cry-of-the-earth-and-the-cry-of-the-poor-a-cafod-talk-tickets-34503283249

Fri 14th July The Response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ Call – Westminster. 02:00pm ‐ 03:30pm. Fr Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest from County Mayo who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru will be explaining the Church’s response to Laudato Si’ and teaching us more about the Church’s work in Latin America at Comboni Missionary Sisters, 2 Chiswick Lane, London, W4 2JF.  Organised by CAFOD Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/listening-to-the-cry-of-the-earth-and-the-cry-of-the-poor-a-cafod-talk-tickets-34503283249

Wed 19th July Listening to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: A CAFOD talk – London webinar.  You are invited to this special campaigns event where you’ll hear from Fr Peter Hughes, an Irish Columban priest from County Mayo who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru.  Organised by CAFOD. Register to listen to this live on https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4695294364973161473                           

Wed 19th July Listening to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor: A CAFOD talk Attend this event live at 1 St Peter and St Paul’s Camborne Ave, London, Northfields, W13 9QZ.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/listening-to-the-cry-of-the-earth-and-the-cry-of-the-poor-a-cafod-talk-tickets-34503283249

Sun 6th Aug Hiroshima commemorations organised by Pax Christi @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in  Westminster Cathedral Piazza, Victoria, London SW1P.  LITURGY VIGIL – Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf        Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Nagasaki Commemorations @ Westminster Cathedral Piazza Organised by Pax Christi.  Every year we have a stall, vigil and time of prayer to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima.  Join us, help give out leaflets, talk with people about what is happening today to ban nuclear weapons, pray with us.  Prayer times at 11.30 and 3.30. Leaflet here http://paxchristi.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/August_-peace-events.pdf.  Contact the office if you would like to help us any way – all welcome.

Wed 9th Aug Mark the anniversary of execution of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, martyr for peace. Resources on Pax Christi website http://paxchristi.org.uk/ Annual service @ 6.30 in the Crypt Chapel, Westminster Cathedral. Access from Ambrosden Avenue, through car park. Followed by the annual interfaith peace walk to Battersea Park.

May 2017 Events

Tues 2nd May – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month) 12.30 in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St:  We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees

 Wed 3rd May – Love your neighbour: welcoming others in the face of fear.  A group for Christians of all denominations interested in the work of St Ethelburga’s to strengthen Christian support for and awareness of the mission of the Centre, through prayer, discussion and worship. Discussion led by Canon Rev. George Newton on practicing love for your neighbour and welcoming others in the face of fear.  For more information contact Jane Morton on 0207 496 1610 or jane.morton@stethelburgas.org

 Tues 9/10 May – “Christian Responsibility to Dalits and Caste Discrimination  2-day Conference organised by The Christian Network Against Caste Discrimination. 10 AM – 05 pm, at Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, London SE1 7Y.  CONTACT DETAILS:  Voice of Dalit International:  Email: vodi@vodintl.org.uk , Tel: [0044] 0208 813 2380 / 07919247332, or Mr Jan Janoszka, Email: janj@rcdow.org.uk , Tel: 07572942799. Requested conference donation of £10 per day.

Sat 13th May – Annual General Meeting and Open Networking Day of National Justice & Peace Network at CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE7 1JB. 10.30am to 4pm . Networking and Updates from around country.  Our Environment Working Party will lead a session to prepare for Creation Day and Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct), looking at ideas and resources.  Tel:020 7901 4864 or  Email: admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk

14-20 MayChristian Aid Week .  Fund raising by membersof various churches to help the needy throughout the world, regardless of religion or race, in over 60 countries, to improve their own lives and tackle the causes of poverty and injustice

Mon 15th MayInternational Conscientious Objector’s Day. Commemoration with short speeches, songs led by Sue Gilmurray, a minute’s silence and flowers laid at the stone, to remember the COs of all countries and all times..  Bring family, friends and a picnic for afterwards. 12 noon in Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1 with Guest speakers: Sir Mark Rylance and Nick Jeffrey (Vietnam War draft resister).  Singing from 11am.   Organised by Christian CND.  For further info: mail@coproject.org.uk

Tues 16 May – Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every third Tues of the Month) 12:30pm, by the Home Office, Marsham Street: CW vigil. We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Tues 16 May – “Open Society under Threat?: A warning from history”  6.30pm.  A distinguished panel come to St. Paul’s Cathedral to explore the challenges facing nations and societies today, through the lens of history and the remarkable book Darkness over Germany. Speakers: Dr Rowan Williams, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Professor Maiken Umbach, Progessor Kurt Barling, with a response from Professor Lord Stern.  Register for free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-society-under-threat-a-warning-from-history-tickets-32582733834?aff=eac2

Sat 20th MayAnnual Mass for Migrants The 12th Migrants Mass will be hosted this year by Brentwood Diocese for the first time at St Anthony of Padua, Forest Gate, London E7 9QB. In honour of St Joseph the Worker. Every year, the Dioceses of Westminster, Southwark & Brentwood  celebrate the contributions being made by the migrant workers in the country. Bishop Alan Williams  will be the main celebrant .

Sat 20th May – 32nd Annual Multi-Faith Pilgrimage for Peace in Hertfordshire and North London. Starts at Arnos Grove at 9.15am Gathering at Our Lady of Lourdes, RC Church, 373 Bowes Road N11 1AA. Ends at 6.30pm.at Nanak Darbar – North London Gurdwara, 136 High Road, London N11 1PJ. Travel by coach   Please book early to reserve a seat .(around 100 places available only) Organised by Westminster Interfaith.  Enquiries to jondaldin@rcdow.org.uk , info@londoninterfaith.org.uk or check on the website: http://londoninterfaith.org.uk/

Sat 20th MayReligion in Colombia: Supporting or spoiling peace?  What role might religion play in the future of peace in Colombia? Rodeemos el Diálogo will facilitate a dialogue between ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams and a panel of experts on Colombian politics and human rights in our unique historical space. For more information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

Sun 21st MayFaiths In Tune faithsintune@gmail.com   London Interfaith Music Festival, British Museum

Sat 3rd JunePax Christi Annual Gathering 2017 at Maria Fidelis School.  Register for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pax-christi-annual-gathering-2017-tickets-33112080123

Fri 9th JuneJ&P Visit to North London Waste Recycling Centre, Edmonton   to see how our household waste gets recycled and why. Time 10.30 to 12.00.   Meet 9.30am. at the Justice and Peace office, 4 Vincent Rd, London N15 3QH,   0208 888 4222

Fri 910th June – Protest, Power & Change is the theme of the 2017 Peace History Conference.  Organised by MAW in partnership with Imperial War Museums. Among topics on the programme will be ‘Fewer Bombs, More Jobs: The Lucas Aerospace Combine Shop Stewards’ Alternative Plan 1976’ and ‘Lysistrata in the Rainforest: the women’s nonviolent campaign which ended the civil war in Liberia’. PHC 2017 is timed to coincide with the exhibition ‘People Power: Fighting for Peace’ at IWM London.   (Exhibition ends 28 August)  The Museum is the venue for the Saturday conference:  IWM Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ.

Friday 9th June .  Afternoon walk along London Peace Trail (starts 3.30pm  Tavistock Sq) and at 7.30pm the acclaimed play ‘This Evil Thing’ performed by Michael Mears (at Oasis Hub Waterloo, 1a Kennington Road SE1 7QP). e-booking for Conference, with add-on options for Peace Trail and/or Play  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2911651

Sat 17 June – No Need for Nuclear: the Renewables are Here. CND hosts this one day national conference to discuss how renewable energy can and should replace nuclear energy production. Tickets £10/£5 10:15am-5pm (Registration and refreshments from 9:45am) Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. Contact enquiries@cnduk.org  / 020 7700 2393

April 2017 Events

Wed 29th Mar Solidarity & Remembrance 14.15 As a sign of solidarity and to remember those who lost their lives, Londoners are to come together a week after the attacks. Meet at Park Plaza Hotel, South side of Westminster Bridge organised by Faiths Forum for London

1 to 30 April 20 millisieverts per year: An exhibition about Fukushima. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Contact Conway Hall before visiting as opening hours vary: 020 7405 1818.

Tues 4 April Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month)12.30 in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St: CW We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Wed 12th April Envisioning a post-Brexit future together: an intergenerational dialogue. 6-8.30 pm at St Ethelburghas Centre, 78 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AG, This participatory dialogue event investigates and challenges our understanding a post-Brexit future together, and explores the call for change in all its guises. We invite participants to join us to listen, share and understand diverse perspectives through a generational lens. For more information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

Tues 18th April Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every third Tues of the Month) 12:30pm, by the Home Office, Marsham Street: CW vigil. We pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

Thurs 20-23 April Global Campaign on Military Spending organised by Pax Christi. A great opportunity to raise the issue of military spending – asking the question, “does it make us safer”. Help others to think about this with a stall in your town centre or church. Highlight the opportunities that are lost when governments spend money on the military rather than on health, education, development, climate change and more…Ideas on how to run stalls here… https://demilitarize.org.uk/day-of-action/top-tips-for-planning-actions/

Fri 21st April Sharing our stories: How can storytelling bring peace? Where discussion and dialogue fail, stories have the power to build bridges between people and ultimately transform even the most complex conflicts. This workshop supports participants to integrate narrative and story-based approaches into the work we are already doing, and adapt responsively to our unique communities. For more information contact Claire Chou Doranon 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

Tues 25th April Blackamoores and Tudor England- The Untold History of an Influential Era The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2SF. To book, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blackamoores-and-tudor-england

Sun 30th April Shakespeare’s other countryment: Blackamoore wenches’ and Barbary African ‘king children’ in Tudor England. 2-3.15pm Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ

Mon 15th May International Conscientious Objector’s Day. Events around the country organised by Christian CND. For further information: mail@coproject.org.uk

NOW BOOKING: Annual Justice & Peace Conference 21-23 July 2017
“A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis”
Booking forms from NJPN, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX
020 7901 4864   admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk or download here
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