NJPN Conference: A Sabbath for the Earth and the poor @ The Hayes Conference centre
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm


Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund, working to mobilise churches around the world to become agents for change and equip them for integral mission.

Fr Peter Hughes SSC. has spent most of his life as a missionary in Peru, working in some of the most impoverished communities in Lima. He is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas, working in programmes of leadership and social justice.

Kathy Galloway is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and was leader of the Iona Community from 2002-2009. She is currently head of Christian Aid Scotland.  She is also a published poet, author and hymn writer.

Plus Poverty Hearings – hearing from those with direct experience of poverty.

CONFERENCE CHAIR: Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Advisor for CAFOD since 2002.

CELEBRANT: Fr Sean McDonagh SSC, world-renowned eco-theologian.

Full details and booking form from the NJPN website:-

More in Common – Bradford Hope not Hate event @ Centenary Square
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Organised by Hope not Hate, they describe this event as

An afternoon of celebration, togetherness and Bradfordness


  • Food of the world celebration
  • Stalls
  • International music and dance
  • Kids’ activities

people enjoying themselves in the centre of Bradford

Hiroshima Day
Aug 6 all-day

When will nuclear weapons be banned posterThis year Hiroshima day falls on a Sunday. Use it as an opportunity to ensure that in your community prayers are said in remembrance of those killed and to call for more action to ban nuclear weapons completely. A “Convention for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” is ready for negotiation at the United Nations. The UK is not even taking part in the discussions – perhaps a call for politicians of all hues to be more pro-life is called for?





Sep 1 – Oct 4 all-day

Earth burning up in the hands of a manOriginally set up in 1989 by the Orthodox church, Pope Francis joined in in 2015 and the day was extended into a season ending on the feast of St Francis on Oct 04. A real opportunity to reflect on God’s creation and how we care for it and to include such sentiments in our liturgies. We can all do something – even something as simple as getting some appropriate Prayers of Intercession included or ensuring some hymns about creation are sung during this season.

For more ideas about what to do see the dedicated website about it

Season of Creation website
A Carmelite Perspective on Justice & Peace @ Carmelite Monastery, Wood Hall
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Chapel at Wood HallThe Carmelite sisters at Wood Hall near Wetherby have invited us to spend a day with them. It will start with Mass at 10:30 and will finish with Vespers starting at 4:30pm.

There will be some input from the sisters themselves about how their spirituality helps them relate to issues of Social Justice. There will also be time available for discussion, quiet reflection and, weather permitting, time to walk around the surroundings of the convent in the beautiful grounds of Wood Hall.

The numbers that can be accommodated on this day are very limited. Please email telling us the names of people who want to come and also if you can offer a lift to Wood Hall or if you need a lift.

Everyone coming is asked to bring some food for sharing with others at lunchtime. Hot and cold drinks will be provided.

World Week of Prayer for Peace in Palestine & Israel 2017
Sep 17 – Sep 23 all-day

young people of Palestine : voices of the young visions of the future2017 marks 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

This is a time when people of all faiths are encouraged to make a common witness through services, educational events, and acts that support peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.

(World Council of Churches)

There are all sorts of things that church communities could do:-

  • Arrange a service or time of prayer during the week
  • Use some of the Pax Christi story resources to give voice to the experiences of young people in the Holy Land
  • If you have students or young people in your area from the Holy Land invite them to a social evening – offering them time to share their stories

Pax Christi have downloadable resources Pax Christi Resources

Their website also contains links to all sorts of other resources and ideas that could be used.

Update on the ‘Stop Arming Israel’ campaign @ Mill Hill Chapel,
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is the next meeting of Yorkshire Friends of Sabeel.

Refreshments are available from 6pm.

The speaker is Hilary Smith who is involved in the ‘Stop Arming Israel’ campaign.

Sabeel logoMore info on the Stop Arming Israel campaign

Caritas Leed Launch Event @ Notre Dame Sixth Form College
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Caritas Leeds logo

Caritas Leeds is an umbrella organisation where all charities, agencies, projects, services, groups that are involved in social action or social care in the Diocese of Leeds, can meet together on a regular basis. They want to provide opportunities for parishes to work together with the aim of working in a more coordinated way and identifying other social needs in our neighbourhoods which may not be currently recognised and addressed.

The event will be introduced by the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev Marcus Stock, and will be addressed by Dr Philip McCarthy (Chief Executive of the Catholic Social Action Network- CSAN). There will also be opportunity to engage in a number of workshops and time to meet and network with others from parishes, Catholic associations and Chaplaincies from across the Diocese.

All parishes, Chaplaincies and Diocesan Associations are warmly invited to send along representatives to this meeting.

More info & Registration

International Day of Nonviolence
Oct 2 all-day

October 2nd was designated in 2007 as ‘International day of Nonviolence’ by the United Nations.

Fittingly, it is the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi, who is still an inspiration for nonviolent activists the world over.

big boot crossed ooutWorthy of a mention in Sunday liturgies – and why not take the opportunity to find out more about the topic by coming to the Pax Christi UK and Leeds Beckett University event on October 3rd click for more details

Nonviolence Works!
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

An opportunity for the Christian community to engage in creative peacemaking.

Pope Francis has called nonviolence ‘a style of politics for peace’. To help explore this further, Pax Christi UK has arranged a short UK tour for two outstanding world contributors to thinking about nonviolence – and one of the events is in Leeds!

Come and explore what nonviolence might mean in practice at this free event organised by Pax Christi UK and Leeds Beckett University.

photo of Marie DennisMarie Dennis, author and co-president of Pax Christi International, has played a leading role in the joint Vatican /Pax Christi International initiative on Nonviolence and Just Peace.





photo of Maria Stephan
Maria Stephan, is a senior policy fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where she focuses on the dynamics of civil resistance and its relevance for violent conflict prevention and democratic development.



More info & Registration

If you are available during the day and have been thinking about doing some academic study related to peace issues then you might be interested in going along to Leeds Beckett earlier in the day:-

Why Study Peace?

People going along are also invited to stay for the afternoon student session with Marie Dennis and Maria Stephan.

Pax Christi logo


Britain and Palestine 1917-2017- One hundred years of broken promises
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:15 pm

This free conference will explore the history and lasting legacy of Britain’s role in Palestine/Israel since the Balfour Declaration at 1917. It will be for all those who would like to know more about Britain’s role, both in its promised support for a national home for Jews on land belonging to the Palestinian people, and in how we arrived at the current situation.
Everyone is welcome. This conference takes place in Liverpool and is organised by the Liverpool Friends of Palestine.

The venue is still to be confirmed – search for it on Eventbrite at 01 Sep 17

Confirmed Speakers:

Ilan Pappe
Israeli citizen, historian, Professor at Exeter University, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, author of many books on Palestine.

Ben Jamal
British born Palestinian, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign

David Cronin
Journalist, Deputy Editor of Electronic lntifada and author of several books on lsrael/Palestine

Chair: Rev. Nicholas Frayling
Formerly Rector of Our Lady and St. Nicholas, Liverpool and Dean of Chichester. Member of The Balfour Project.

One World Week
Oct 22 – Oct 29 all-day

One World Week logoThe theme for 2017 is “Good Neighbours – my world depends on us”.

More information and ideas for action and prayer from their website:

One World Week website
Resurrection of Hope: Digging Deep for a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel @ Minsteracres Retreat Centre
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day

This two day event provides opportunities to reflect on what has happened in the Holy Land in the 100 years since the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

Hexham Kairos and Peace and Justice in the Holy Land in partnership with Minsteracres Retreat Centre have organised this event to coincide with the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration and the arrival of the Walk for Justice in Jerusalem.

More Details
World Day of the Poor
Nov 19 all-day

pope francis quote about povertyA newly instituted day by Pope Francis – promised at the end of the Year of Mercy. He says

“I invite the whole Church, and men and women of good will everywhere, to turn their gaze on this day to all those who stretch out their hands and plead for our help and solidarity.”

How will you celebrate this day in your community?

Read the full text of the Pope’s message announcing this day:

Pope’s message