SPARK Social Justice logoAs part of our SPARK Social Justice project, aimed at 18–30-year-olds in the Leeds Diocese, we are launching a sponsorship scheme for people in this age group to attend the National Justice & Peace Network (NJPN) Conference in July of this year.

John Battle, Chair of the Commission commented, “I know that younger generations are just as passionate about issues of social justice as older generations. The NJPN Conference this year is about our Climate Emergency and what more we can do, as Church, to take up the challenge of Pope Francis in ‘Laudato Si’. This scheme provides the opportunity to let younger people in the diocese, the people who will be most affected by our changing climate, lead us towards a new vision of how we can live sustainably with all other life on Earth.

logo for conferenceThe Conference theme is “Action for Life on Earth”. The Conference Chair for the weekend is Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD. The conference will include a number of keynote speakers, various workshops and Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, will be the lead celebrant at the main conference mass. It takes place from teatime on Friday 23 July to lunchtime on Sunday 25 July at the Christian Conference Centre in Swanwick.

Marg Siberry, a member of the Project Steering Group for the SPARK Social Justice Project, comments: “In the company of many catholic social justice activists from across England and Wales, this conference offers a unique opportunity to share hopes and fears about our future and be inspired to take action, based firmly on Church teaching.”

Anyone wishing to apply for sponsorship should click here