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Jun
8
Sat
The Great Big Green Week
Jun 8 – Jun 16 all-day

The Great Big Green Week is a celebration of community action to tackle climate change. Every year, people up and down the country come together to show the heartfelt, brace, everyday actions being taken to stand up for nature and fight climate change.

Use the button to find more information and see how you could join in.

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Jun
11
Tue
Extinction and Biodiversity: Evolution, Action and Hope @ Holy Name Church
Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This event has been organised by Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS).

This could be the prelude to an evening out in Manchester!

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Extinction is a big and sometimes overwhelming topic. It’s hard to get our brains around the scope of extinction in geological time, and to make sense of human responsibility in the present.

Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS), an ecumenical science-faith engagement project, is holding a free panel discussion at the Church of the Holy Name on Manchester Oxford Road on Tuesday 11 June, 5.30-7pm. Hear from leading scientists and theologians as we explore this topic in a spirit of openness and honesty.

The panel will be made up of:

  • Bishop David Walker
  • Prof Sadiah Qureshi, University of Manchester
  • Prof Colin Beale, University of York
  • Mick Oliver, Natural England
  • Chair: Revd Prof Charlotte Sleigh, UCL

The event is free.

Use the button for more information and to register to attend.

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Jun
28
Fri
Catholic Social Teaching: Revisiting the Basics @ Boarbank Hall
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm
Catholic Social Teaching: Revisiting the Basics @ Boarbank Hall

This 3 day course if for anyone interested in discovering, refreshing or deepening their understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.

Why? Catholic Social Teaching has been described as ‘the Church’s best-kept secret’. It offers a fresh way of understanding moral and social questions, deeply rooted in the Gospel, but accessible to anyone. It has rich resources for renewing a tired and confused political world. Ideal reflection for election year!

 Who? The course will be taught by Sr Margaret Atkins, former lecturer at Trinity and All Saints, Leeds, and Oscott College seminary.

What? The weekend will offer lectures and discussions, shared meals and the option of joining the Community for Mass and Daily Office, along with some social time and space to explore our beautiful local area.

 How much? The basic Guest House fee is £90 per day with full board (£140 for twin/double), plus the option of a donation to cover the costs of the course. (Reductions offered if needed – please ask.)

To book, email margaret@boarbankhall.org.uk

Jul
19
Fri
National Justice & Peace Network Annual Conference @ Christian Conference Centre
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm

Details are still to be announced – but always worth considering as it provides a unique opportunity to meet people from across the country who share your concern for social justice.

Sep
1
Sun
Season of Creation 2024: To Hope and Act with Creation
Sep 1 – Oct 4 all-day

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The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to pray and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to listen and care for our common home. The “Celebration” begins 1 September, the Feast of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

This season is a great time to celebrate God’s creation within your church community. For more information and ideas about what to do, use the button below.

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Sep
21
Sat
Racial Justice: Agenda for Change with CARJ @ St Patricks' Church
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 4:45 pm

CARJ logoThis one day conference is the Northern  conference in celebration of 40 years of CARJ (The Catholic Association for Racial Justice).

The conference will begin at 10am with arrivals and coffee/tea.

The Bishop of Salford will open the meeting and welcome people at 10.30am.

The first keynote speaker is Max Farrar (Emeritus professor of Leeds Beckett University).

Max will be followed by Alison Lowe (Deputy Mayor of West Yorkshire).

There will be a complimentary lunch provided at about 1.30pm.

At 2.30pm there’ll be an item on CARJ’s ‘Agenda for change’ by Fr Phil Sumner, HAnds reaching into the airParish Priest of Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Parish, Oldham

This agenda, building on  experiences over the last 40 years, is intended to guide the efforts of CARJ, and all those of goodwill, to promote greater equality and to create a more racially just society.

At 3pm there’ll be workshops, with the opportunity for different diocese’s /parishes in the north of England to present something of what they are doing for racial justice.

The Conference will conclude with Mass at 4pm.

Anyone living or working in the Leeds Diocese will be able to claim public transport costs to and from Oldham. Simply email jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk if you are interested in taking up this offer and we will send you the details.

 

Sep
28
Sat
J&P Planning Meeting
Sep 28 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

wordmap of social justice issuesEvery year we hold an extended Commission meeting to reflect on:

  • the activities that we have undertaken,
  • the current ‘signs of the times’
  • where we can most effectively use our scarce resources of time and money over the course of the coming couple of years
  • Do we need to adjust the way in which we work in the light of changing circumstances?

This year we will be including reflections from the Listening Events we have undertaken so far.

The venue is still to be confirmed.

Like all our Commission meetings, this meeting is open to anyone in the Diocese of Leeds to attend. If you would like to do so then please email jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk  and we will send you any papers or details needed nearer to the date of the meeting.

Oct
19
Sat
The Evolution of Love @ SS John Fisher & Thomas More
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 4:15 pm

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As at the middle of June…..

We have a title, a date and a venue for our next Day of Reflection – but other details have still to be worked out.

putting a plant into soilAs we move towards ten years since the publication of Laudato Si we want to give people the opportunity to reflect on Creation Theology. The day will reference quite strongly the work of Fr Donal O’Leary, a priest of the Leeds Diocese who died in 2019. His written works and retreats have been influential on many people.

Keep an eye out for updates and for when booking will open.