2018 marks the fourth Leeds Palestinian Film Festival.
Many people are disturbed by what is happening to the Palestinian people on the West Bank and Gaza. The film festival provides a unique opportunity to find out more about the situation in which Palestinians have to live today. The films present information and stories which, by and large, are not covered in the mainstream media.
The number of films may increase this year as the Festival committee have a crowdfunding exercise going on. See the film festival website for full information about the range of films being shown.
This service has been organised by the Amos Trust
Peace activist Zoughbi Zoughbi, founder of Amos partner Wi’am Reconciliation Centre and campaigner Lucy Talgieh who leads the women’s work at Wi’am will be present. Joining them will be 6 members of Choir of Bethlehem on their first visit to the UK.
All proceeds from the carol services will go towards the Amos Christmas Appeal for Wi’am’s women’s work and their Christmas ‘Smile’ holiday programme for children living in the shadow of the Wall.
An out-of-diocese talk by the Chair of the Leeds Commission, John Battle – but included here especially for those in the NW enclaves of the Diocese.
John will talk about the relationship between prayer and action. He will draw analogies from the ruins of Kirkstall, a Cistercian Abbey in Leeds and Armley Remand Prison – following Thomas Merton’s theme of the relationship between contemplation and action.
The talk will be introduced by Bishop Paul Swarbrick.
This event will require audience participation and group work.
There is limited seating so please book as early as possible.
We anticipate that the talk will be well attended. Parking may be an issue. It would be kind if you are able to use the St Clare’s car park so as to leave space in the Xaverian Centre car park for those with mobility problems.
St Clare’s car park is 0.2 mile or 4 minutes walk from the Centre on Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood.
‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…’
Material for 2019 originates from the churches of Indonesia, where there is a strong emphasis upon the need for unity alongside the nation’s ethnic and religious diversity. The resources also highlight issues of economic injustice and how religious pluralism can face challenges in the face of radicalisation.
The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website has resources that you can download:
“Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures… Political commitment – which is one of the highest expressions of charity – brings concern for the future of life and the planet, of the youngest and the weakest, in their thirst for fulfilment.”
from Vatican Press Statement, November 2018
Every year Pax Christi promotes the Holy Father’s World Peace Day Message on the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer. Pax Christi sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day.
What will you do in your parish?
Their resource book includes sample homilies, ideas for Prayers of Intercession and many other ideas exploring the Pope’s theme for 2019.
Prof. Paul Rogers – Overview of Global Challenges
Janet Fenton – Progress of the UN treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Fabian Hamilton – The Peace Doctrine – restructuring UK foreign policy.
While 2018 has brought us it’s fair share of tribulations there have also been significant moves forward for the peace movement. This is your chance to get together from across the region, help plan for the year ahead and hear some inspirational speakers.