Calendar

Apr
20
Fri
Letting in the Light: Positive steps for peace in a turbulent world @ Hinsley Hall
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm

This weekend conference has been organised jointly by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, and the Baptist, Methodist and United Reform Church Peace Fellowships……but Catholics are welcome to go along!

The event focuses on equipping us all with positive steps to take for peace in our communities – local, national and international. Including creative workshops, worships and plenty of time for socialising. It’s a residential weekend – so why not enquire about day rates if you live relatively locally.

Do you share a vision of a county and a country Keynote speaker: Kim Leadbeater from the Jo Cox Foundation

Kim Leadbeater is the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox. Kim will be talking about community cohesion, and sharing ways we can create peace in our relationships on a local level. The Jo Cox Foundation was set up in memory of Jo Cox MP, a Labour MP who was murdered in 2016. During her life Jo worked tirelessly for justice and peace, especially in areas of conflict. Kim’s work with the Jo Cox Foundation encourages people to work together with individuals and organisations that share the commitment to a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. She believes that, working together effectively, we are greater than the sum of our parts. The Foundation seeks to amplify the voices of all those who believe that compassion, understanding and optimism are signs of strength and not weakness; it involves people who know that it is not enough just to talk about what can make communities stronger or to complain about injustice, indifference or cruelty, but that we must all take positive steps to turn vision into reality.

Also featuring Black Lives Matter on being good allies, Initiatives of Change on peacework in Lebabanon, the Oasis Hub on youthwork with gangs, and Alice Farnhill from Coventry Cathedral about reconciliation.

John Bond is from Initiatives of Change. He will be speaking about his involvement in peace-making and reconciliation in Lebanon. Telling ,in particular, the extraordinary story of how Christian and Muslim leaders previously engaged in violent conflict have taken courageous steps to be reconciled and to work together for peace.

Stu Thomson is currently the Head of Youth Services at Oasis Hub Waterloo. He works on youth provision around Waterloo including the transformative Oasis Youth Support programme which engages with young people who have accessed the A&E department at St Thomas Hospital due to youth violence. Stu has worked with young people in London for over 20 years and has extensive experience of working with young people and volunteers with local and national faith-based groups and charities.

More Information & Booking

Apr
21
Sat
Misson Earth 2 @ Lower School
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

At this special event organised by the Justice & Peace Commission of the Middlesbrough Diocese they will be launching their Diocesan Environment Policy – something they have been working on for a little while now.

logo for Middlesbrough DioceseWhilst this event is squarely aimed at people in the Middlesbrough Diocese, Barbara Hungin, Chair of the Middlesbrough Commission, extends an invitation to anyone from the Leeds Diocese who would be interested to attend.

York is easy to get to for those in the more easterly part of the Leeds Diocese and the venue, just behind the Bar Convent, is easily walkable from York station.

There will be copies of the policy available (it is not very long) and the keynote speaker will be Ellen Teague of the Columban Justice & Peace Team (Ellen came and spoke at the Laudato Si workshop we held over two years ago now).

If you are looking for ways to get the messages of Laudato Si better understood in your own community then this event will very likely provide some useful ideas.

Whilst refreshments are provided, everyone coming is asked to bring a packed lunch.

Apr
25
Wed
Shadow World Screening @ Leeds Beckett University
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SHADOW WORLD reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade – the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.

This event is a screening of the film followed by a discussion with Andrew Feinstein.film poster
Directed by Johan Grimonprez (“dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”) and in part based on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.
The film unravels a number of the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. It illustrates why this trade accounts for almost 40% of all corruption in global trade, and how it operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions. SHADOW WORLD posits alternatives through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as through the voice of Eduardo Galeano who contributed selections from his stories for the film.
Ultimately SHADOW WORLD reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the trade decreases rather than enhances security for us all. In shedding light on how our realities are being constructed, the film offers a way for audiences to see through this horror, in the hopes of creating a better future.

This screening by Yorkshire Campaign against the arms trade is in cooperation with Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett University, and Leeds Coalition Against the War.

Apr
26
Thu
Manchester Newman Lecture 2018 @ The Friends Meeting House
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

photo of Sarah TeatherSarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, is giving this year’s Manchester Newman Lecture.

The title is “Conscience and the Image of God – Revelations from accompanying refugees”.

The venue of the Friends Meeting House is just behind the Manchester Central Library.

There is no charge for admission but booking a place is essential.

Please email or phone Chris Quirke to book a place.

Email: dcq@mac.com

Phone: 07764 946074

Shadow World Screening @ Huddersfield University
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event is a screening of the film followed by a discussion with Andrew Feinstein.film poster

The screening will be in the Oastler Building in room OA7/31 (Seventh Floor Room 31)

Directed by Johan Grimonprez (“dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”) and in part based on Corruption Watch UK founder Andrew Feinstein’s globally acclaimed book The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the film reveals how the international trade in weapons – with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents – fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.
The film unravels a number of the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them. It illustrates why this trade accounts for almost 40% of all corruption in global trade, and how it operates in a parallel legal universe, in which the national security elite who drive it are seldom prosecuted for their often illegal actions. SHADOW WORLD posits alternatives through the experience of a peace activist and war correspondent, as well as through the voice of Eduardo Galeano who contributed selections from his stories for the film.
Ultimately SHADOW WORLD reveals the real costs of war, the way the arms trade drives it, how weapons of war are turned against citizens of liberal democracies and how the trade decreases rather than enhances security for us all. In shedding light on how our realities are being constructed, the film offers a way for audiences to see through this horror, in the hopes of creating a better future.

This screening has been organised by Yorkshire Campaign against the arms trade

Apr
27
Fri
Nicaragua & El Salvador – fundraising lunch and talk @ St Monica's
Apr 27 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

photo of Sophie AultonThe CAFOD Step Into the Gap volunteer at Leeds Trinity University, Sophie Aulton, recently went with other volunteers on an exposure trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Come along some time between 11:30 and 14:00 to hear about her experiences and share a light lunch with others. During her time there she met with CAFOD partners in the Guaymango district of El Salvador, which includes Puentecitos- one of the featured places in CAFOD’s Connect To programme.

This event is free to attend but donations will be welcome as Sophie has to raise some money towards the cost of the trip.

 

If you are thinking of coming along please email leeds@cafod.org.uk   – simply to help plan lunch and refreshments.

 

Apr
28
Sat
How are we shaping the future of our planet? @ The Mirfield Centre
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

logo of the Mirfield centreThis day has been organised at the Mirfield Centre in conjunction with Christians Aware. the Mirfield centre is located in the Anglican College of the Resurrection in Mirfield.

A day led by Ellen Teague, freelance Catholic journalist who edits the Columban’s magazine ‘Vocation for Justice’.

Ellen spoke in the Leeds Diocese a couple of years ago when the Commission had a workshop about Laudato Si. During the course of this day she will give presentations about Climate Change, Care of the Earth, Lifestyle and Love for the Poor.

The cost is £21, including lunch and refreshments.

May
1
Tue
Working for a better future @ The Mechanics Institute
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Trades Union Congress this meeting will provide an insight into the Fourth Industrial Revolution from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.

Automation, Brexit, workers’ rights, discrimination, the gig economy

word cloud of social justice wordsThe world of work is rapidly changing. How do we face the threats and opportunities presented by this new world, so that no one is left behind and all are respected and valued.

This free event has been organised by CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) and start with a buffet lunch at 1pm

The speakers are:

Dr Mary Bousted Joint General Secretary of the NEU, 2017 President of the TUC

Bishop William Kenney Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham

Rob Flello Political consultant, former Labour MP and shadow Justice Minister

There will also be a panel discussion with Dr Anna Rowlands, Clifford Longley and Kevin Flanagan

This meeting is for people of all faiths and none who are interested in the world of work and in promoting the wellbeing of the workforce.

The event may be free but booking is essential.

More Info & Registration

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May
5
Sat
Songs of Hope and Protest @ Quaker Meeting House
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Frances Bernstein photo with choirTo mark Palestinian Nakba day, the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival have organised an afternoon music workshop with the wonderful Frances Bernstein.  If you have seen a performance of ‘Sing Freedom’ (the story of Frances as a child growing up in apartheid South Africa with parents who sided with the black majority) you will know what an inspiring person she is.

No singing experience is needed.

Learn stirring songs and harmonies in her capable hands

Stalls with Palestinian goods, cakes and refreshments.

£10 or pay-as-you-can

Numbers are limited so please reserve a place by emailing

frances@naturalvoice.net

All proceeds raised will go to Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP)

May
15
Tue
International Conscientious Objector’s Day
May 15 all-day
May
16
Wed
Is a more peaceful world possible? @ St Mary & St Michaels Parish Hall,
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

photo of paul rogersThe Speaker is Professor Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor at the Bradford School of Peace Studies who will, no doubt, bring his incisive analytical skills and vast knowledge of the field of conflict to look at this thorny issue.

The middle of May is a nice time of year for a trip out into the Dales!

 

Jun
13
Wed
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.

Jun
18
Mon
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

Jul
11
Wed
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.

Jul
20
Fri
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,

Sep
1
Sat
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Sep 1 all-day
Sep
29
Sat
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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Oct
2
Tue
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