Palestine Fundraising Dinner
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This in-person event in Dewsbury  aims to raise funds for the people of Palestine, providing them with much-needed support and hope. Be prepared to be moved by heartwarming stories and inspiring testimonials that shed light on the challenges faced by the Palestinian community as expressed by the four guest speakers.

Cost is £15 per person

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Proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the Medical Aid for Palestine MAP. This event is run in conjunction with the National Education Union who work with MAP to provide food, toiletries, and psychological support for the children of Gaza.

Sketch Walk: ‘Don’t forget me’ David Oluwale Bridge and Hibiscus Rising
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sketch Walk: ‘Don’t forget me’ David Oluwale Bridge and Hibiscus Rising

This event has been organised by Leeds City of Sanctuary and Leeds Church Institute. They describe it as follows:

You are invited to join Leeds artists to sketch the city at night, and get a fresh perspective on its fascinating history.

Learn about David Oluwale, the British Nigerian and Leeds resident whose personal story inspired local people to create a lasting legacy to mark his life in the beautiful Hibiscus Rising sculpture by artist Yinka Shonibare.


All art materials will be provided and we really mean it when we say no experience is necessary.

Wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day, we encourage you to wear layers and bring along something waterproof if you are planning to sit down whilst sketching.

We want everyone who attends this event to have a positive experience, and feel reassured that everyone is welcome and will be treated with respect.

A mental health first aider will be available at this event.

We will meet at 43 The Calls and walk to the David Oluwale Bridge, then to Aire Park to see the Hibiscus Rising sculpture.

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Romero Lecture 2024 @ Leeds Trinity University
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Archbishop Romero Trust engages someone every year to do a short speaking tour.

This year the speaker is Raymond Perrier. Raymond is Director the Hurley Institute in South Africa. The lecture will be held at Leeds Trinity University.

The theme for his talk is

Prayerful and Prophetic Resilience in the Face of Injustice – Archbishops Oscar Romero and Denis Hurley’.

Use the button to register to attend this free event organised by SPARK Social Justice in partnership with the J&P Commission and Leeds Trinity University

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Dr Raymond Perrier Biography

Since 2015, Raymond has been the founding Director of the Denis Hurley Centre – a community centre in the heart of Durban South Africa which brings together different faith groups to help the poor and marginalised of the city. This landmark building has established its reputation as a place of care, education and community, responding to issues of refugees, drug addiction and homelessness.
Raymond is also involved in different networks working to help transform inner-city Durban; he has been Chair of the Municipal Task Team on Homelessness, helped set up South Africa’s National Homeless Network, and is part of the team drafting a national policy on homelessness for South Africa. He also works as a consultant to the Global Interfaith Network which provides theological resources for religious leaders in the Global South who wish to look at questions of LGBTI inclusion.
For 5 years, Raymond was Director of the Jesuit Institute – South Africa, working to bring a faith perspective to debates on social issues. He also designed and facilitated courses in values-based leadership delivered at several South African and US business schools.
For 6 years, Raymond was a trainee Jesuit priest. This included 2 years living and working in a refugee camp in Uganda with the Jesuit Refugee Service serving 60,000 Sudanese refugees with pastoral support and education. After leaving the Jesuits, Raymond became the Head of Communities for CAFOD working with Catholic parishes and schools across the country.
Raymond’s initial professional experience was in marketing consultancy, working for Interbrand with companies such as American Express, British Airways, IBM and BP. He developed with Business Week an annual league table of the world’s most valuable brands and pioneered a global consulting practice in brand valuation. He was Managing Director of the New York office of Interbrand with a staff of 160.
Of Indian parents, Raymond was born and educated in the UK. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford; an MA in Philosophy from the University of London; and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. He recently completed a PhD with the University of KwaZulu-Natal writing about Paddy Kearney (the founder of the DHC and a renowned Struggle activist). He is also a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Faith and Community and a frequent writer and commentator in newspapers, on radio and television, including a regular column in ‘The Southern Cross’ (SA’s national Catholic newspaper).

Doing Change: Education in Social Justice and Archbishop’s Lecture.
Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Doing Change is a celebration of York St John University’s commitment to education for social justice and the platform for the annual Archbishop of York Lecture in Social Justice.
The evening will begin with screenings, posters, and presentations by their students, sharing their engagement with social justice across the University.

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York St John University houses the ‘Institute for Social Justice’ – worth taking a look.

J&P Listening event
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


This will be the second such ‘listening event’. It will run from 11am until 1pm – at which point we will provide a light lunch.

It will be focussed around a specific social justice issue. The first event was held at Wheeler Hall in Leeds – so this one will be somewhere else in the Diocese. We will update this entry once we have finalised the issue and the location.

Simply email and we will send you the details nearer the time.

(The J&P Commission itself will also be meeting at the earlier time of 10am – and if you wanted to come along for that then you would also be welcome).