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
Some assistance may be possible for families. Please contact NJPN to discuss.

March Events

Wed 1st March

Ash Wednesday Annual act of resistance and repentance to nuclear war preparations at the Ministry of Defence in London organised by Pax Christi 3 – 4.30 pm Whitehall. Meet at 3.00pm, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Whitehall Section (nearest tube Embankment ). Between Northumberland Avenue and Horseguards Avenue.

Go Silent for 100 Minutes during Lent. Getting sponsored this Lent will help us to give a voice to young people for whom silence isn’t choice, those overlooked by society and who are cast out of decision making. So get sponsored to give up Facebook or stay silent this Lent and help us to do something amazing for young people. Challenge yourself and your community to cut out the noise in your life this Lent: go without Facebook or stay silent with us. – More information at http://millionminutes.org/silent

Interfaith Encounter in Israel and Palestine 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 The Revd Dr James Walters on interreligious conflict and LSE’s student program “Interfaith Encounter: Israel and Palestine” at St Ethelburgha’s, 78 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4AG United Kingdom 1.45 – 4.20 pm. For more information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

Thurs 2nd March

Spring Concert for Peace. Musicians for Peace and Disarmament (MPD). All proceeds from Musicians for Peace & Disarmament concerts go to organisations in the peace movement. Tickets: £15 Concessions: £10. 7pm at Hinde Street Methodist Church 19 Thayer Street London W1U 2QJ. Book online (with no booking fee) at www.wegottickets.com/event/386634 Or purchase tickets with cash on the door.

2 March – 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.

Fri 3rd March

Prayer Service for Women’s World Day of Prayer 2.15pm Green Lanes Methodist Church near Newington Green N1

And 7.30pm St Olave’s Church Manor House N4 check website for events near you:

Women’s World Day of Prayer: wwdp.org.uk

Sat 4th March

NHS Day of Action National Demonstration Assemble 12am Tavistock Square, London, WC1 (Nearest Tube Russell Square) healthcampaignstogether.com

Sun 5th March

A Tea Party! At St Mellitus Church Tollington Park, N4 3AG 3-5.30 pm with Tombola, Raffle, Facepainting, Conjuror, Stalls and more. Music from King Toad and the All-Weather Riders. Fundraiser for Prisoners Maintaining Innocence a campaigning organisation for prisoners who maintain their innocence. Tickets £5 adult, £2 Child Donations for Tombola and Raffle welcome via Bruce Kent.

Tues 7th March

Christian CND Embassies Walk. This year the walk will be focussing on the Nuclear Ban Treaty, and will be visiting embassies of countries closely involved with the negotiations. Meet at 11am in St Martin-in-the-Fields for a short service followed by a light lunch and briefings. We aim to start the walk around 1pm..

Tues 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Mar

Westminster Diocese Lent Talks 2017 Season of “Faith Matters” talks, organised by the Agency for Evangelisation.7-8.30 pm. . Building on the Holy Year of Mercy and the Holy Father’s recent letter at the close of the Year inviting us to go on opening new doors of mercy, we have chosen “Faces of Mercy” as the theme of our four talks. Speakers include Fr Geoffrey Wheaton SJ, Sarah Teather, Peter Scott and Mgr. Roger Reader. Main conference room at Vaughan House, Francis Street SW1P 1QN

Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees (every first Tues of the Month) 12.30pm in front of the Foreign Office, King Charles St. Join the Catholic Worker as they pray for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees. If you cannot join these vigils why not organise your own on the same day and time?

Wed 8th March

International Womens Day internationalwomensday.com Postcards from paxchristi.org.uk, 020 8203 4884

Is Christianity Good News for Animals?’: London greenchristian.org.uk/whats-on

Free Trade and Fair Trade: Trade Justice in the Post-Brexit Era 7-9pm St Anselm and St Cecilia’s, 70 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A 3JA (entrance on Holborn). Speaker Emilie Schultze, Campaigns Officer, Traidcraft

Fri 10th March

CAFOD Lent Fast Day on Zambia: cafod.org.uk

Sat 11th March

Fukushima March on Parliament. Assemble 12 noon for 12:30 start outside Japanese Embassy, 101 Piccadilly, London. March to Parliament for rally in front of Statue of George, Old Palace Yard. https://rememberfukushima.org/

Free Trade and Fair Trade: Trade Justice in the Post-Brexit Era 10:30-12:30pm, Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, 16 Nightingale Lane, Hitchin, SG5 1QS. Speaker Marie Milne, Campaigns Manager, Traidcraft

Wed 15th March

Fukushima Parliamentary Public Meeting. Public meeting to discuss ‘Fukushima after Six Years’ with Dr. Ian Fairlie, Margaret Ritchie MP, Professor Andy Blowers. Chaired by Catherine West MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary). 7pm-9pmCommitte Room 9, House of Commons, Westminster, London.

Thurs 16th March

CARJ Urban Network Meeting, 12-5pm, Newman House, Gower St, Fitzrovia London, WC1E

Sat 18th March

A Day for Burma: St Andrew’s Waterloo, London christiansaware.co.uk, 0116 254 0770

Tues 21st March

Catholic Worker Vigil for Refugees Every 3rd Tuesday 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. If you cannot join these vigils why not organise your own on the same day and time?

Wed 22nd March

World Water Day

Friday, 24 March

Feast Day of Blessed Oscar Romero. St George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY 12.30pm Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch SSCC on the feast day of Blessed Oscar Romero, followed by light refreshments

Sat 25th March

The Secret of Romero – Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor 11am Ecumenical Service in memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero at St Martin in the Fields

Uncharted Territory: Arms Control and Disarmament in the New Nuclear Age’: Student/Young Pugwash Conference: London: newnuclearage.eventbrite.co.uk, 020 7405 6661

Tues 28 March

Does Trump’s Arms Race Mean a Race to War? North London Stop the War hosts this meeting with CND General Secretary Kate Hudson and Jude Woodward (blogger, NewColdWar.org) on the implications of Trump’s Presidency in light of his pledge to enter into a new nuclear weapons arms race and his increasing hostility to China. 6:30-8pm Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton St, London. http://tinyurl.com/jzqo47l

February and March Events

Wed 1 Feb, 1pm: Fellowship of St Ethelburga’s: Women’s interfaith council  Comfort Fearon will be introducing our conversation this month which will look at inter religious violence and its multiple underlying causes, particularly in Northern Nigeria, where violence is often perpetuated in the name of religion.  Comfort and her husband (Josiah Fearon, who is Secretary General of the Anglican Communion) brings deep experience to this issue and to the work of peacebuilding generally. St Ethelburga’s Church,78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG    020 7496 1610

Sun 5th  Feb     Muslim Welfare House Neighbourhood Open Day as part of the national #Visitmymosque  initiative.  12.00-17.00  All welcome:Exhibition, films and tour of the mosque, as well as henna and Arabic calligraphy. Please RSVP  Ahmed Khelloufi,   ahmed@mwht.org.uk  Address: 233 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2DA   See also Finsbury Park Mosque eighth annual neighbourhood open day and  local initiatives, part  of the Muslim Council of Britain).

Tuesday 6th Feb      7-9pm   Science, Justice, Faith and Care for the Earth: An interdisciplinary discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’  A panel of eminent speakers including  Prof Clare Grey, Richard Solly of London Mining Network, Dr Martin Poulsom  of Heythrop College.   Prof Anne Power of LSE will chair. Explore the science, faith, and action required to deal with climate change!  Venue:  Cruciform Building, UCL at 7 pm, for this free event.. Event is organised by the Newman House Chaplaincy and Westminster Justice and Peace. Register at http://laudatosiucl.eventbrite.com

Tues 7th Feb     Tales of Refuge      7:00 PM  – A screening of “Welcome to Canada”, a new film from the Global Oneness Project – will be followed by conversation with writer and traveller along the migrant trail, Bruna Kadletz, and Executive director of the Global Oneness Project Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.
St Ethelburga’s Church,78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG    020 7496 1610

Wed 8th  Feb     After the Jungle, 7:00pm – 9:00pm Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass are hosting an event for those interested in finding out more about the situation in Calais after the destruction of the refugee camp. Come along to hear about the work of Brother Johannes at the Maria Skobtsova House, see two short films made by refugees living in the camp, and discuss the next steps for helping refugees.  RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk or follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-the-jungle-what-next-tickets-30072945991    At: Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial St, London E1 6LY, UK.

Tues 14th Feb   Show the Love  Green Hearts Campaign. See Climate Coalition website for ideas of how to show that you want to survive climate change.  www.climatechange.org

Saturday 18 February 2017  10.30 – 4.00  NJPN Open Networking Day  Oxford Place Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AX   ‘Towards a Listening Church’  A joint day with Leeds Justice & Peace Commission  Book at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/towards-a-listening-church-tickets-30291019254

Sat 25 Feb, 11am: People of the Earth – sowing seeds of human connection  Hosted and organised by participants of our People of the Earth programme, this will be a day of connection and creativivity for refugees, asylum seekers, Londoners, and relevant organisations. Music, food, traditional story telling, exhibitions, and conversation will be on offer.   St Ethelburga’s Church,78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG    020 7496 1610

MARCH

Wed 1st Mar   London Ash Wednesday Witness against nuclear weapons

Horseguards Avenue  3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Tues 7th Mar, 14th Mar, 21st Mar and 28th Mar from 7pm to 8.30pm Westminster Diocese Lent Talks 2017  Season of “Faith Matters” talks, organised by the Agency for Evangelisation..  .  Building on the Holy Year of Mercy and the Holy Father’s recent letter at the close of the Year inviting us to go on opening new doors of mercy, we have chosen “Faces of Mercy” as the theme of our four talks.  Speakers include  Fr Geoffrey Wheaton SJ, Sarah Teather, Peter Scott and Mgr. Roger Reader.   Main conference room at Vaughan House, Francis Street SW1P 1QN

January and February Events

NEW RESOURCE: For all the events below and more in an ICalendar/Google Calendar format, please view our Calendar of Events here. There you can visualise our events over the course of the month, add events to your personal or office calendar with a single click, and e-mail selected events to your family and friends.

Thurs 12th Jan  Gulwali Passarlay: An Afghan refugee’s journey of escape to a new life in Britain. 6:30 PM  A fascinating and inspiring evening of conversation with Gulwali Passarlay, author, youth leader and undergraduate of Manchester University.  Book a place at https://www.stethelburgas.org/civicrm/event/register

Sat 14th Jan      New Approaches to Foreign Policy: SOAS CND meeting. SOAS CND, in association with London Region CND, invites you to this conference to discuss the recent vote at the UN to start negotiations on a global nuclear ban. Speakers include Larry Sanders (Green Party speaker, brother of Bernie), Keith Bennett (former editor Asian Times), Prof Steven Rose, Chris Cole (Drone Wars UK) Dave Webb (Chair CND UK), Ellie Kinney (Youth & Student CND) and Nobu Ono (SOAS CND). Please note that London Region CND’s AGM will take place before the start of the conference. Registration from 9.30am.  david.lrcnd@cnduk.org / 020 7607 2302.

Sun 15 Jan       Peace Sunday. The theme for Peace Sunday 2017 is – Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.  Please see Pax Christi UK website for resources and let them know what your church is planning

Also Martin Luther King Day – a fitting day to celebrate nonviolence.

Tues 17th Jan      London Catholic Worker Vigil 12:30pm, outside the Home Office, Marsham Street: Prayer for refugees and call for our government to ensure safe passage for refugees.

WED 18th JAN  JUSTICE AND PEACE OPEN EVENING AND SHARING SOCIAL WITH MASS AT 6.30PM FOLLOWED BY A SOCIAL AND SHARING EVENT.  ALL WELCOME!  A CHANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE DOING ACROSS THE DIOCESE. 

Fri 20thJan        The   Future   Of   Catholic  Theological   Ethics   Conference  with international  speakers:   Heythrop  College,  See  http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/events/future-catholic-theological-ethics  for details

Wed 25th Jan     An Afghan Night  6.45pm Giuseppe Conlon House  49 Mattison Road, London N4 1BG  Sharing Afghan food and stories from our recent trips to Kabul.  Henrietta Cullinan, Ellis Brooks & Maya Evans give eyewitness accounts, plus projected photos by Guy Smallman

Friday 27 Jan    Holocaust Memorial Day

Sat 28th Jan      Nurturing Creation – (Re)discovering a radical creation-centred way of being

A one-day workshop open to all who are interested in Green Christian’s Way of Life at St Aloysius Church, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA. (near Euston station) Saturday 28 January, 2017. 11am to 4.30pm. Cost free – but donations on the day welcome. Booking is essential as space is limited. Deadline for receiving bookings is 21 January 2017. To book a place e-mail georgedow@greenchristian.org.uk

February

Sun 5th  Feb     Muslim Welfare House Neighbourhood Open Day as part of the national #Visitmymosque  initiative.  12.00-17.00  All welcome:Exhibition, films and tour of the mosque, as well as henna and Arabic calligraphy. Please RSVP  Ahmed Khelloufi,   ahmed@mwht.org.uk  Address: 233 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2DA   See also Finsbury Park Mosque eighth annual neighbourhood open day and  local initiatives, part  of the Muslim Council of Britain).

Advance Notice – book early:

Tuesday 6th Feb      7-9pm   Science, Justice, Faith and Care for the Earth: An interdisciplinary discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’  A panel of eminent speakers including  Prof Clare Grey, Richard Solly of London Mining Network, Dr Martin Poulsom  of Heythrop College.   Prof Anne Power of LSE will chair. Explore the science, faith, and action required to deal with climate change!  Venue:  Cruciform Building, UCL at 7 pm, for this free event.. Event is organised by the Newman House Chaplaincy and Westminster Justice and Peace. Please register at http://laudatosiucl.eventbrite.com

Wed 8th  Feb     After the Jungle  , 7:00pm – 9:00pm Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass are hosting an event for those interested in finding out more about the situation in Calais after the destruction of the refugee camp. Come along to hear about the work of Brother Johannes at the Maria Skobtsova House, see two short films made by refugees living in the camp, and discuss the next steps for helping refugees.  RSVP to caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk or follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-the-jungle-what-next-tickets-30072945991 

 

J&P Youth News – December

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Hello again from the Justice and Peace Commission in the Diocese of Westminster!

As in my prior two mailings I have added a few people who might find this of interest; if you do not wish to be on this mailing list or if you know of someone who would like to join it, please drop me a line on …

[[From the Commission]]

 
We have two important dates coming up: one is advance notice for a Laudato Si’ event in co-ordination with the Newman House chaplaincies, on 6th February. For more information and tickets, see http://laudatosiucl.eventbrite.com
 
The other is our annual Open Day, here at our office in South Tottenham on 18th January. Please come along and meet some of the many individuals and agencies who work with us. (I could use a student volunteer to help me out with some things around this, if anyone is up for it!)
 
My diary has been very full recently with visits to secondary schools and a number of engagements around Justice and Peace activism for Migrants, Refugees, Palestine, and Climate Change. I won’t bore you with all the details, except to note how enthused I was visiting the Justice and Peace Committee formed by the students at Bishop Challonerin Tower Hamlets, which really was the highlight of the month! They have chosen Refugees at their core focus of interest and already have some great plans to move forward.
 
To supplement what I already told them, there are a number of ways students and young people can get involved in helping refugees to greater hope, better lives, and to find a home in our changing world:
  • Though there is much to critique (understatement?) in the recent report on migrant communities from Dame Louise Casey, I think we can all agree that English language learning is a very important resource, and it is unfortunate that the UK Government has cut funding on this over the last few years. There is a great shortage of English language instructors both at home and worldwide. Students and young people who want to volunteer for a migrants or refugees charity can easily get involved in English language learning support with no prior training. Looks great on a c.v. and can really inspire students to get involved in teaching, or to study a new language themselves.
  • CAFOD has a great campaign to take written messages of hope to refugeesaround the world. You can add a digital message here: http://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Year-of-Mercy/Send-a-message-of-hope . Or, contact Cafod UK or myself for printed cards such as the one pictured in the video. They also have a number of resources for children and students, organised by topic and level/key stage.
  • Purchasing Christmas Cards from ACN ( http://www.acnuk.org/products.php/category/12/christmas-cards ) and other agencies can help fund refugees this Christmas, many of whom may lack a home or a family. And it’s always worth remembering the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt, Jesus’ own search for refuge.
  • Advent liturgies regularly explore themes of justice, right judgement, and journeying with God as a civil society. Have a quick look over the Readings for the Sundays of Advent, or even just the Readings of the Day, for some inspiration!
  • Contact Secours Catholique (Caritas France) if you would like to get in touch with some of the many Anglophone refugees in France, many of whom have British connections: http://www.secours-catholique.org/
In Spring (mid-April?) I am hoping to organise, with the help of some of our partner agencies, a gathering & planning event for students and catechists to get them inspired for Refugee Week (which is in late June). If you have a venue which might be suitable for this, please get in touch. We would need a meeting hall which could comfortably fit ~100 or so people, and possibly one or two sizeable secondary rooms for workshops (for art and/or theatre).
 
Please let me know if you can help with any of the above.
 
[[From the Top]]
 

“Family time” for everyone else is “busy time” for the clergy, and the Pope is no exception! Keep an eye out for messages in support of the poor and homeless this Christmas, especially during Christmas homilies from Pope Francis and Cardinal Vincent.

The December Pope Video is on Child Soldiers: very topical for J&P and very stirring for young viewers. http://thepopevideo.org/

 
As you may have been aware from the news in spring, groundwork is being laid for a potential papal encyclical on “Just Peace“, as a replacement for Just War Theory. Though still in the very early stages of debate, Pax Christi has organised deliberations and is very well versed on the progress. Get in touch with them for more information. coordinator@paxchristi.org.uk
 
[[From around the Diocese]]
 
On the theme of Pax Christi, myself and others from around the Diocese attended their Advent service yesterday evening (6 December) which was a great success. I sensed the age profile is very advanced, however! If you are interested in Pax’s work and would like them to speak at your school, parish, or community, or provide resources for a Peace-themed assembly/talk/event, contact Matt Jeziorski on education@paxchristi.org.uk
 
As always, follow us on our website: www.westminsterjp.wordpress.com
…and on facebook: www.fb.co/WestminJP
…for more updates, news, and events!
 
May the peace of Christ be with you all, in this Advent and Christmas season!
 
Yours,
 
Edmund T. Dean
Youth Worker, Justice and Peace Commission, RC Diocese of Westminster