J&P Supporters in the Leeds area would be very welcome to go along to this Christmas action by Leeds Citizens which is part of their Living Wage campaign. They are targeting Leeds United to pay the Living wage to its lowest paid employees. If you think you might join in then please email them to let them know, in case there are any late changes or details: email@example.com
This is the date for Peace Sunday. The theme for 2018 is
“Refugees and Migrants: Seekers of Peace”
There are so many people in the Diocese who are part of groups (both parish-based and secular) that are helping refugees and migrants that this theme should resonate strongly with congregations.
As usual, Pax Christi have produced a number of resources for World Peace Day. A copy of these resources is sent to every parish in England and Wales. However, if you want to actively plan something you can download the same materials directly from the Pax Christi website and you can also order copies of prayer cards and so on from their online shop.
They have a number of ideas for prayers, homilies and, of course, they have beautiful prayer cards that could be given out on this day. It would also be really nice if a few parishes were to have a collection on this Sunday. There is not much of a tradition of doing this in the Leeds Diocese – our Diocese is one of the worst contributors to Pax Christi nationally.
This network is open to all those who are providing emergency food to those in need, whether via a formal food bank, hot food on the streets, a pay as you feel cafe or in any other way you have found works!
Or feel free to come along if you’re interested in supporting efforts to end hunger locally.The Storehouse will be providing lunch so feel free to join them for lunch (from 1pm) before the meeting.
“Praying for the unity of the Church involves a recognition not only of the brokenness of Christian relationships but also how injustice in the world at large rends asunder Christian communities and impedes our participation in God’s mission. History too plays a part, casting a shadow over how we live our lives together in community.”
This is part of the Introduction to the materials prepared for Christian Unity Week in 2018. The theme follows on very well from the theme for World Peace Day “Refugees and Migrants: Seekers of Peace”.
The World Council of Churches have prepared resources to enable Christian communities across the world to deliver special services or incorporate appropriate prayers into existing services. The materials have been prepared by churches in the Caribbean.
You can send off for a printed copy of the resources but they can also be directly downloaded:
Homeless Sunday is a chance for Churches and Christian groups from across the country join together to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness, but also for a united Christian voice to offer solidarity and be a prophetic voice for change.
Housing Justice comment on their website:
“We want this to be the biggest Homeless Sunday ever, for Christians across the United Kingdom to be aware of the growing homelessness crises in Britain, to increase the numbers active in addressing it and to send a message to policy makers that Christians are adamant that in the fifth richest economy in world, no one should be without a home that truly meets their needs.”
Resource information, including factsheets about homelessness and a Theological Reflection, are available for download from their website.
Updates from Lucy Irven and others in the Diocesan Refugee Action Support Group about refugee and migrant-related activities going on in parishes across the Diocese of Leeds.
More details to follow soon.
Join us for one of the biggest threats to family life in Yorkshire today – poverty.
Catholics provide a lot of direct help to families through all sorts of organisations – but should we be doing more? The number of children and families in poverty has been steadily increasing for the last six years. At what point do we become part of the problem rather than part of the solution?
This workshop, with people mainly working in small groups, will examine various aspects of the reality of family poverty today and explore what else we can do.
The workshop is free to attend.
There will be a separate programme of activities for young people aged 7-12 and there will be a crèche for children aged 2-6. Places are limited and booking a place is essential to our planning.
If possible, those attending are asked to bring some (finger) food that can be shared at lunchtime.
For more information and to book a place please click below:
Church Action on Poverty are at the forefront of keeping the problems of UK poverty in front of us.
They say about this day
Throughout his ministry, Jesus listened to people who were on the margins of his society. He made visible those who were overlooked, and gave them hope.
Our churches are called to follow Jesus’ example: to listen to voices from the margins and make them heard, so that things can change.
That’s what Church Action on Poverty’s campaigns and projects are for. On Church Action on Poverty Sunday, we invite you to learn about them and lend your support.
Hold a collection or soup lunch – your donations can transform more churches through listening and engaging with people in poverty.
Use our worship materials to reflect and pray for change.
Register with CAP and download resources
This is a ‘save the date’ notification at the moment.
CAFOD are bringing some partners from Zimbabwe across to the UK for a two week tour in February 2018. They will be spending the 17 and 18 Feb in the Leeds Diocese. More details of specific events will follow nearer the time.