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 logoA rare opportunity to find out more about CAFOD’s work in Africa and their international work more generally with two key people from CAFOD


photo of Fregus ConmeeFergus Conmee is the head of Region, Africa at CAFOD. Fergus has worked at CAFOD for over ten years and has map of Sudanpreviously been country representative for East Africa and Head of Humanitarian Programmes Africa.

With Fergus will be Michael Monginda, CAFOD Country Representative in Sudan.



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

Film Show: “Killing Gaza” @ Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s powerful new film, ‘Killing Gaza,’ offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure.”
Refreshments served between 6.00-6.20; presentation begins at 6.20.

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Originally, this event was to have a meeting with  Hassan Muamer entitled : Restoring Livelihoods, Restoring Hope in Palestine: The story of Battir.

However, he was refused a visa to enter the UK and this film is being shown instead.


Sabeel is a Christian organisation working for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel.

WYDAN Information Evening @ Wheeler Hall
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Diocesan Refugee Support Group invite all who are interested to come along to this information evening about the West Yorkshire Destitute Asylum Network.
WYDAN night shelter logoThe WYDAN Night shelter in Leeds is looking for more host organisations.
Could your Parish open its doors and offer a warm welcome for 10 destitute asylum seeker men for a week?
Whether you are a Parish Priest or Parishioner, have a large Parish Centre or other building which might be available, belong to a Churches Together group or other organisation; please come along to our information evening to find out more about hosting the Leeds night shelter.

Full training, information and support will be provided by WYDAN
This is your opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ appeal to every Parish and every religious community to provide a sanctuary for refugees.
Volunteers from host organisations have shared:It has made me open my eyes to the lives of asylum seekers‘ and ‘It’s a great thing to support our guests (the nights I was there the weather was dreadful).’
Another described how itbrought us together as a community, gave us the chance to serve and love our guests in their distress, and helped us all to resist the national ‘immigrants are not welcome’ narrative in a practical and meaningful way.’

Leeds Diocesan Refugee Support Group logo

The WYDAN night shelter will open again in early August – can we help keep it open into 2019!

If you want to publicise this meeting more widely then you can download a flyer  by clicking on the image below:-

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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.