Calendar

Apr
12
Tue
Prayers for Peace in Ukraine
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us online in Holy Week for 45 minutes of prayer and reflection in solidarity with Ukraine.

poster for eventPlease register via Eventbrite and we will send you the Zoom link nearer the time.

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Apr
23
Sat
CAFOD Young Adult Event: Renew @ CAFOD HQ
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

CAFOD write this about this event:

Get ready for a day of social action and climate justice with CAFOD, in Central London, on Saturday 23 April 2022 from 11AM. The day will be a gathering for 18–30-year-olds based in England and Wales, interested in CAFOD’s advocacy, policy, and campaigning work.

Whether you have never heard of CAFOD, or you’ve been part of CAFOD your whole life, we invite you to join us for an opportunity to learn about global food systems, its links to the climate crisis and poverty, how these problems can be addressed and the role that the Catholic Church can play.

We will also share with you how our campaign for a new Business, Human Rights and Environment Act is going post COP26 and how you can help us amplify this message to secure this critical piece of legislation through the UK Government.

The day will be an opportunity to share in faith and learn how to effectively campaign against current injustices.

Continuing in the spirit of Synodality, we aim to listen, learn, connect, and grow in knowledge, wisdom, and faith with one another. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

Register here: https://cafodyoungadulteventtickets.eventbrite.co.uk

Through SPARK Social Justice, we are able to offer travel expenses to attend this event to a limited number of people. If interested then please email spark.jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk for more details

 

May
11
Wed
It’s Time to Act for True Security: The Environmental Costs of Militarisation
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This online (free) event is part of the Festival of Debate.

A banner about militarism and climate changeThis event explores the impacts of the military on the environment and climate change, and the urgent need to re-think security. It is a chance to hear first-hand about the effects of nuclear colonialism on people in the global south.

Leona Morgan from New Mexico will speak about the effects of uranium mining and the dumping of waste on her people and their land.

Matt Fawcett from Global Campaign on Military Spending UK will speak on the costs of military spending – both financial and environmental, how emissions from the military (7% of all carbon emissions) are largely excluded from carbon reporting and target-setting, the huge discrepancy between what is spent globally on the military (£1,982bn in 2020) and climate finance (£79.6bn in 2020), and the need to move money away from excessive military budgets to meet real human need.

A member of Sheffield Creative Action for Peace will speak about the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, signed by 86 countries, which the UK has failed to engage with, and suggest actions that can be taken locally to support it.

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May
15
Sun
International Conscientious Objectors Day
May 15 all-day

Sculpture of peace signPeople around the globe will speak out in solidarity with conscientious objectors in prison today and in grateful memory of conscientious objectors of the past.

IS anything happening in your area?

Could you do something?

Check the Pax Christi site or the Peace Pledge Union site for details of events and resources nearer the time.

May
21
Sat
Day of Action against Corporate Courts
May 21 all-day

You what? – I hear you say.

people on a demonstrationFive fossil fuel firms are suing governments for over$18 billion for taking climate action. They’re using secret tribunals written into trade rules in many trade and investment deals. It’s a system known in the trade jargon as ISDS, and it is weighted heavily in favour of corporations. That’s why they are called them ‘corporate courts’. It is just one of the ways that many big corporations try and subvert the climate change agenda (lets not get into the impact on our democratic control!)

Global Justice Now have organised this Day of Action to throw more light onto this issue. They write

Could you organise something where you are? This could include:

  • A protest in the centre of town, or at a site relevant to corporate courts which you try to get the local press to report on.
  • A campaign stall to raise awareness and get people signing the petition.

In order to maximise involvement in the day itself, you could do some of the following in advance:

  • Making use of their  new booklet on a stall or at an event;
  • Holding a public webinar or meeting on corporate courts and climate;
  • Getting in touch with local climate groups and other allies;
  • Writing an article or letter for a local newspaper or blog (or the J&P Newsletter!).
More Info from Global Justice Now
May
24
Tue
Charles de Foucauld & the Leeds Diocese
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

On the 15 May Charles de Foucauld will be canonised a saint of the Catholic Church.

photo of Charles de FoucauldBlessed Charles de Foucauld, born in 1858, was a French aristocrat and religious, whose work and writings led to the founding of the Congregation of the Little Brothers of Jesus.

During his adventurous life, he was a Cavalry Officer in the French Army, and then an explorer and geographer before becoming a Catholic priest and hermit who lived among the Tuareg in Algeria’s Sahara Desert.

He lived a life of prayer, meditation and adoration, in the incessant desire to be, for each person, a “universal brother”, a living image of the love of Jesus.

The order that he inspired, the Little Brothers of Jesus, was founded in 1933 and became associated with the worker priest movement in France.

There was a small fraternity based in Leeds for 50 years – one of Bishop Marcus’s first official engagements on being appointed Bishop of Leeds was to preside at the farewell mass when the remaining brother, Xavier Chevillard, left Leeds to join the leadership team for the fraternity in Brussels.

We are delighted to have Xavier join us for a Zoom to explore both the spirituality of Charles de Foucauld and the ongoing work of the Little Brothers.photo of Xavier Chevillard

Follow the link to sign up for this online event:

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Jun
7
Tue
Quarterly Commission Meeting (via Zoom)
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is the regular quarterly meeting of the Justice & Peace Commission.

logoAs Justice and Peace is the work of all of us in the Diocese you are all invited!

If you are interested to come along and find out more about what we do then simply email jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk  and we will send you a link near the time (and any papers that might be discussed at the meeting).

Jun
17
Fri
What can I do about Palestine? @ Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Working with Pax Christi in the Leeds Diocese and the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival we are organising a panel speaker event with film clips.

The Separation Barrier in Palestine Israel
The Separation Barrier

The idea came from a question raised in the discussion after our film event as part of the Festival last November.

What, practically, can people in the UK do to help those suffering unjustly in the Palestine? We often feel powerless in the face of complicated issues – what difference can we make? Come along to explore the range of actions that different people have and continue to take.

This will be an in-person event held at Wheeler Hall. Doors will open at 6pm. Refreshments are available and there will be the  opportunity to purchase goods made in Palestine.

You can just turn up on the night but spaces are limited so registration is recommended to be sure of a place.

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Jul
22
Fri
NJPN 2022 Conference – Hope is a verb, with its sleeves rolled up @ Hayes Conference Centre
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm

This is the 44th National Justice & Peace Network Annual Conference – which is held in the loverl surroundings of the Hayes Christian Conference Centre at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Join 300 or so other social justice activists for a memorable weekend.

NJPN write:-

Our Hope is you will return to your communities from our Conference with enthusiasm and commitment.

This year commitment is so important, a commitment to new things, with new time and energy, in the post
emergency time, enabling people in our country and beyond to go forward with Hope in everything they do.

How as Activists and People of Faith can we help those in need to find Hope?

Over the weekend we will be looking at Signs of Hope in Our World.
Part of the weekend will look at the Signs of Hope following last year’s NJPN Environmental Conference and COP 26.

 

 

NJPN Conferences are not cheap – but people do always return from them recharged  with renewed enthusiasm for the work of Justice & Peace.

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Aug
6
Sat
Hiroshima Day Commemoration
Aug 6 all-day

photo of nagasaki devastationFind a way to remember the first horrific use of nuclear weapons.

Could you get a mention in your prayers of intercession at mass this weekend, for instance?

If you want to join an event then in

Leeds there is a commemoration event every year in Park Square.

This starts at 10:30 and is organised through the mayor’s office.

Bradford

Yorkshire CND will hold a commemoration at the Hiroshima memorial in Norfolk Gardens at 12:00

Hebden Bridge

Join Calder Valley CND for Peace & Justice to remember those who died . There will be poetry, readings, song and reflection. Packhorse Bridge, 11-13 Old Gate, Hebden Bridge

If you want to see if there are other events then you could take a look at the Network for Peace website events page