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  and we will send you a link near the time (and any papers that might be discussed at the meeting).
Indigenous Rainforest Peoples are under Attack
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Fancy a day out in Manchester? – Why not combine it with going to this CAFOD event in the Science and Industry Museum Conference Centre.

Official UK launch of the report: Yanomami Under AttackJoining forces with the astounding imagery of Sebastião Salgado’s latest exhibition “Amazônia” at the Science and Industry Museum of Manchester, CAFOD has the pleasure to invite you to hear first-hand from indigenous leader and activist, Mauricio Ye’kuana, who together with his people, fights to protect the Brazilian Amazon rainforest from illegal invaders for us all. This event will be the official UK launch of the recent report, Yanomami Under Attack, published by CAFOD’s partner organisation, Hutukara Yanomami Association, including time for a Q&A session and a visit to the exhibition “Amazônia”.


Follow the link to register to attend.

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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.


Get Involved in Challenge Poverty Week 2022
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This online event has been organised by Church Action on Poverty.

event logoChallenge Poverty Week England and Wales does not take place until 17 – 23 October 2022.

However, many people who feel passionate about poverty in our own country are put off trying to organise something because it just seems too difficult. This event is to help you feel more confident about doing something in your area.

The theme this year will be ‘Existing or Living?’ – highlighting the importance of dignity, and ways of helping people on low incomes weather the cost-of-living crisis.

Join their introductory session to learn more about Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales, their key themes and messages, and how you could take part in 2022.

More Info & registration

Church Action on Poverty 40th Anniversary Service from Iona Abbey
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speaking Truth to power CAP logoSince 1982, Church Action on Poverty has been working to end UK poverty, led by the real experts – people who have experienced poverty themselves.

To mark the 40th anniversary of their founding, CAP are holding a special service which will be livestreamed from Iona Abbey.

Follow the link to register to join this event.

Registration &more Info

Hope in the Dark – Global Justice Now
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An activist gathering on climate breakdown, reparations and a just transition.

logo for eventHope in the Dark is Global Justice Now’s 2022 national gathering, organised in collaboration with Jubilee for Climate, and is open to all.

It will be preceded in the morning by the AGM for Global Justice Now.

It takes place at Sheffield Hallam University – full details available when you register.

Speakers at this free event include:

Speakers include

  • Lumumba Di-Aping, former UN climate negotiator for global south countries
  • Esther Stanford-Xosei, Pan-Afrikan community advocate and reparations scholar
  • Nick Anim, Jubilee for Climate
  • Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
  • Maggie Mason, South Lakes Action on Climate Change

More info and Registration

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.

Download a Booking Form  Booking Form

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.


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

Animate with SPARK @ Wheeler Hall,
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is an open invitation to younger Catholics in the Leeds Diocese (aged 18-30ish) who are passionate about issues of social justice.

SPARK Social Justice logoDid you know that our Catholic faith should be leading us to take action to transform our world??

Do you want to learn some skills that are readily transferable into the workplace?

Come along to this fun day to find out more about connecting faith with social activism whilst trying out some new skills and using creative arts to explore issues of social justice.

For more information Email

Lunch will be provided.

Has the Church become a ‘Not for Prophets’ organisation? @ St Roberts Centre
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is our first in-person Day of Reflection for a while!

photo of a personWe are delighted to welcome David Mclaughlin to lead us in this day. David is a well-known figure both for his publications and his academic research.  He is a founder of the Movement of Christian Workers and an active member for 30 years. This explores the inter-relationship between theology and everyday life and develops radical readings of the Bible with Christian activists.

He is also a very engaging speaker – you certainly will not be bored!

What does prophecy mean in the twenty first century? Who are our contemporary prophets – and what are they telling us?

We are also delighted to be making our first visit to St Robert’s in Harrogate to hold one of these Days of Reflection.

There is no charge to attend – but donations will be welcome to help defray the costs of putting on this day. We ask everyone to bring some food to share at lunchtime. Tea and coffee will be provided.


Please email if you are interested in attending this event. Places are limited and you must register to attend.

Save the Date! – Final film of the Leeds Palestinian Film festival 2022
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In conjunction with the Leeds Palestinian Film festival and Pax Christi in the Leeds Diocese we have agreed to host a screening of the final film in this year’s film festival.

Full details in due course!

The film we will show is called Boycott.

Boycott traces the impact of state legislation in the USA  designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the centre of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect their rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.

Not worried about this as it is about the USA? Then WAKE UP – the Government currently have legislation going through Parliament to enact some similar measures here!