Community Sponsorship of Syrian Refugee Families @ St Mary & St Michaels Parish Hall,
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This event has been organised by Churches Together in Settle Justice and Peace Group.

photo of Sean RyanThe speaker for this evening meeting will be Sean Ryan,  National Caritas Community Sponsorship Co-ordinator.

Sean spoke at the Leeds Diocesan Refugee Support Group meeting at the end of January (as shown in the photo) explaining how church communities can sponsor individual families. If you want to do more about refugees and live in Craven district then this is a great opportunity to find out more about this scheme and how whole church communities can become involved.

The World we Want @ The Priory Street Centre
Jun 16 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This is the Global Justice Now Annual Gathering (In the morning at 11:00 is their AGM)

With speakers including:

HAnds reaching into the airJason Hickel, author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions
Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central and Shadow Rail Minister
Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now
Anke Kleff from Barcelona en Comú (social and economic justice platform currently governing in Barcelona)

For decades we’ve been told that there is no alternative to a global economy run in the interests of corporations. Big business creates the wealth and lifts everyone up in the process. Yet when the richest 1% owns 82% of wealth globally, people are increasingly seeing through these lies.

Those who want a better world often spend their time fighting the latest encroachments of corporate power. But the movements we’re part of are also generating ideas for the world we want to see, and beginning to build them. These alternatives, from energy democracy to public and commons-based ownership of essential medicine, put the majority of the world’s people and the environment first. Together, they offer a much needed vision of the world we want, and are stepping stones to a better future, beyond the inequality and injustice of neoliberal capitalism.

With workshops and discussions on:

  • Barcelona and beyond: the citizen platforms democratising cities
  • Food sovereignty
  • Public ownership
  • The commons and access to medicine
  • Energy democracy
  • What good trade deals would look like
  • UK aid as global redistribution
  • Freedom of movement
  • Growth and degrowth

More information and booking

Organised by Global Justice Now and York Trade Justice.

Refugee Week 2018
Jun 18 – Jun 24 all-day

logo for refugee weekRefugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

The theme for 2018 is:

Twenty years celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees.

More information is available – and some free resources to use – from the Refugee Week Website

Meet CAFOD’s Head of Region, Africa and the country representative for Sudan @ St Monica's
Jun 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

CAFOD logoAn opportunity to find out more about CAFOD’s work in Africa and their international work more generally.

Please bring some food that can be part of a shared lunch.

ALL WELCOME – but it would help if you could email so they have an idea of numbers.

Speak Up for Climate Change 2018
Jun 30 – Jul 8 all-day

This is a week of action about Climate Change. As an issue it has dropped down many priority lists but we cannot afford to let this happen.

I love my planet motifMany major charities (such as CAFOD) invite people to become part of a national conversation about how Climate Change is affecting out lives – and to have that conversation with people that can change things such as our MP’s.

Can you organise something in your community during this week?

There are resources to help you do this. Click below to find out more.

Climate coalition website

Independence from America Day 2018 @ Menwith Hill US Spy Base
Jul 4 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Independence from America flyer for 2018The annual call for Independence from America will be made at the main gates of Menwith Hill on the afternoon of Wednesday 4th July 2018. Speakers, music, stalls and food. A valuable opportunity to meet others seeking a more peaceful world.
Speakers will include
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND
Shaughan Dolan, from Conscience, the Peace Tax Campaign
Chris Bluemel from Trident Ploughshares.

The East Lancs Clarion Choir and soloist Janet Russell.
The Commoners Choir

Everyone is welcome to join this peaceful event. Safe play space for children should be available. Close up view of the base behind  but delightful views of Nidderdale in front of you!

A Heart for the Earth: Green Christians 2018 Retreat @ Minsteracres
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 2:00 pm

Green Christians write about their retreat:

logo for the Green Christian groupWhat do our hearts ask of us in these extraordinary times? This weekend we will listen. We know the facts – and how easy they
are to deny. We know what has to be done – and how hard that can be. It is in the heart that we find the peace and the passion to live well and wisely.

Anyone who would value a weekend with companions on their ecological journey is very welcome to book. The weekend is hosted by members of Green Christian, whose Way of Life Community seek to integrate prayer, livelihood, witness and mutual encouragement. We will explore how these gentle disciplines can help us live today, whether we are members of the community or not.


It’s not cheap at £150 for the weekend – but Minsteracres is in a lovely setting.

Further details from the Green Christian website

Restoring Livelihoods, Restoring Hope in Palestine: The story of Battir @ Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

An inspiring and moving story of community cooperation, sustainable development and non-violent resistance in the West Bank village of Battir told by Sabeel’s  very special guest from the region, Hassan Muamer.

Photo of Hassan Muamer

Refreshments will be served from 6pm and the presentation will start at 6:30pm.
Sabeel is a Christian organisation working for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel.

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live @ The Hayes Conference Centre
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm

This is the National Justice and Peace Network Annual Conference.

The confirmed speakers are:

Rev Al Barrett
Vicar on an estate in East Birmingham, ‘nurturing a church community that is committed to “growing a loving community with all our neighbours.”
David McLoughlin
Senior Lecturer In Theology, Newman University. Movement of Christian Workers
Sarah Teather
Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK
John Grogan MP
Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Keighley West Yorkshire

NJPN logoIf you want to meet with other people from across the country who are involved in work for Justice then this is the place to be!

It’s not cheap but there are lots of options and a number of bursaries – you need to see the full information and download the booking form.

More Info and downloadable booking form


This particular conference has been organised in partnership with Housing Justice, Church Action on Poverty and the Prison Advice and Care Trust,

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Sep 1 all-day
J&P Commission Meeting
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leeds J&P commission logoIf you would like to come along to a Commission meeting you would be very welcome. Please email the office for full details.

Celebrating 20 years of Debt Justice Campaigning @ The Birmingham and Midland Institute
Sep 29 all-day

Clare from the Jubilee Debt Campaign writes:-

Over the years you’ve helped to sustain the Jubilee Debt Campaign’s work for debt justice by signing petitions or encouraging others to do so, attending workshops or events, or by pushing out our actions on social media. Your efforts have been key to some very big and important victories, and in laying the groundwork for many more to come.

We want to say thank you for all that you’ve done and to share our important and exciting plans for the next few years, and how you can get involved.

I’m writing to invite you to our upcoming national event on Saturday 29 September in Birmingham.

2018 marks two significant dates for the debt justice movement: 20 years since the ‘human chain’ around the G8 which saw more than 70,000 on the streets of Birmingham calling for debt cancellation, and 10 years since the start of the financial crisis which ‘brought home’ the debt and austerity politics that countries in the global south have long been subjected to.

As the Jubilee Debt Campaign, we want to mark this important year by bringing together campaigners from across the UK to spend a day together talking debt justice campaigning past and future.

You can expect a workshop about debt issues in 2018, rousing speeches, a city-centre stunt, catching up with old friends or making new ones, and food and refreshments and films.

You can come for a couple of hours or the whole day. We really hope you can make it.

The venue is Close to Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill & Moor Street stations

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World Nonviolence Day
Oct 2 all-day

A global day to celebrate and publicise the efforts of people to resolve conflict situations without resorting to violence

J&P Commission Meeting
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leeds J&P commission logoAnyone in the Leeds Diocese is very welcome to come and attend a full Commission meeting.

If you would like to attend then please email the office for full details.