Events

Feb
5
Tue
Leeds Peace Lecture: Routes to Peace in an Uncertain World @ Leeds Civic Hall
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leeds Peace Lecture: Routes to Peace in an Uncertain...This annual lecture is to be given this time around by Prof Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Professor Rogers must be one of the most widely read, thoughtful and engaging speakers around about peace and the state of the world today.

It will take place at Leeds Town Hall – which has limited capacity – booking a place (no cost) is essential!

 

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Feb
6
Wed
Raising Ambition: Exploring zero carbon, socially-just transitions in Britain, Yorkshire and the Kirkstall Valley @ Open Source Arts
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event is primarily intended for people who live in the Leeds areas of Burley, Kirkstall, Armley and Bramley – but it is an event that might be of much wider interest and relevance if you are looking to answers to how we can work together to create healthier, more prosperous, low carbon and climate resilient communities.

A group of people

Various organisations, including the University of Leeds, have come together to organise this event. The organisers describe it as follows:-

Before Christmas, a group of passionate and enthusiastic residents, business people, academics and community representatives met to discuss the following question: How can we learn together and share knowledge between communities, businesses, education and agencies to develop Kirkstall Valley into a leading light for climate and community sustainability by prototyping, exploring and creating our best future together?

We will be taking this question forward as our thinking point for the event. So, please join us for a bunch of inspirational short talks, mapping and sharing what’s already happening before we collectively agree next steps.

Places must be booked and this can be done via the Eventbrite page for the event:-

Book a ticket

 

Feb
8
Fri
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
Feb 8 all-day

st josephine BakhitaOn  8 February 2019, Catholics all over the world will celebrate the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.

This initiative that was pioneered by the Bishops’ of England and Wales in February 2013, has become an annual global event for Catholics and this year the focus will be on victims of trafficking in forced labour and labour exploitation.

 

More information

Feb
10
Sun
CAFOD Lent Appeal Briefing in Skipton @ St Stephen's Church
Feb 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

logo for World Development charity CAFODA family friendly session straight after the 9:30am mass, to help Parish volunteers and anyone else interested in CAFOD to learn more about the regular Lent Family Fast Day on 15th March.

Contact Bronagh in the CAFOD volunteer centre for our diocese by emailing leeds@cafod.org.uk if you want any more information.

Feb
12
Tue
Bradford Refugee Response @ St William's Parish Centre
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Leeds Diocesan Refugee Support Group logoAn opportunity to hear about the Community Sponsorship scheme and volunteering with organisations supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Bradford area.

There will be some short presentations by some key organisations and a marketplace of stalls from organisations.

ALL WELCOME

 

2019-02-12-Refugee Response Flyer flyer for refugee support event

Click the image to download a PDF flyer for this event.

Feb
17
Sun
Racial Justice Sunday 2019 – Dignity for all Workers
Feb 17 all-day

Please use this opportunity to promote the resources created by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and to recognise the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace.

Logo for Racial Justice SundayIn Octogesima Adveniens and Gaudium et Spes, St Paul VI teaches that “all people have a right to work … to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”. We are therefore called to ensure people are not exploited while they work, and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this to the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…”

In our task as disciples of Christ, our responsibility is to make sure people are treated with dignity at work and are not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.

Resources such as Bidding prayers and other suggestions are available from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales Website.

Racial Justice Resources

Feb
20
Wed
Leeds Against the Bomb @ Leeds Civic Hall
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Can Leeds become the first City in Yorkshire to officially support the UN Treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons across the world?

people with banners demonstratingWhile the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) continues to gather pace, with 71 signatory countries to date, progress in nuclear armed states (such as the UK) requires a more staged approach.

The ICAN Parliamentary Pledge already has two Leeds signatories (MPs Fabian Hamilton and Alex Sobel) what can we do to encourage others to join them?

Come along to find out more.

This event has been organised by Yorkshire CND

Feb
25
Mon
Fairtrade Fortnight 2019
Feb 25 – Mar 10 all-day

Fair Trade Foundation logoFairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about whether we take a stand against this.
Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited. That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for granted, including food, education and housing, because they don’t earn a living income.  It’s even worse for the women who work in the fields and in the home. Despite the hard work they put in, they’re often overlooked and under-represented, and usually see even less of the money for their crop. They deserve more.
So the voices and stories of women farmers will also be at the heart of Fairtrade Fortnight in 2019. Download the Fairtrade Foundation’s Action Guide now:-

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 Action Guide

 

Volunteer Information Sessions for working with refugees and Asylum Seekers
Feb 25 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

The session is to help people:
Find out about organisations supporting refuge and asylum in Leeds
Identify the varied volunteering opportunities/roles that are available
Consider the skills and experience you have to offer
Have an opportunity to ask questions and gather information
Please email Tina at hello@leeds.cityofsanctuary.org to reserve a place

Mar
3
Sun
Church Action on Poverty Sunday
Mar 3 all-day

Church Action on Poverty logoListen to stories of how Church Action on Poverty’s work transforms lives and communities.
Commit your church to listen more deeply to people who have been swept to the edges of society by poverty.
Explore new perspectives on familiar Bible stories.

Hold a collection or soup lunch – raise funds to make voices heard, tell stories and call for action.
Use our worship materials to reflect and pray for change.

See their website for more ideas and resources

CAP resources
Mar
6
Wed
J&P Commission planning meeting
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is our annual half-day session where we plan out what we are already committed to doing in the coming year and review what else we might have capacity to tackle. If you are interested to help the Commission to plan its work for 2019-20 then please email the office for further details.

Mar
8
Fri
Pathways to Peace @ Hinsley Hall
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 10 @ 2:00 pm

This is a joint conference by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Baptist, Methodist and URC Peace Fellowships

a group of people linked togetherSpeakers include:

Professor Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University

Janet Fenton, Vice Chair of Scottish CND, will share the chair to speak on “Hope in Troubled Times”

Rev Dan Woodhouse who made headlines for breaking into a BAE Systems airbase in Lancashire .

Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East, and Shadow Minister for Disarmament and Peace argues that the UK .

Celia Mckeon from Rethinking Security

Throughout the weekend you can enjoy presentations, workshops, fellowship, good food, time for reflection, & engaging conversations. Or just book for the day on Saturday 9th March.

find out more and bookings: https://www.anglicanpeacemaker.org.uk/apf-conference-pathways-to-peace/

Mar
9
Sat
Stitching Palestine @ Quaker Meeting House
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Additional film showing to mark International Womens’ Day

logo for leeds palestinian film festivalAnother chance to see this film which drew a full house during the Festival last year, which chronicles the moving life stories of twelve resilient, articulate and determined Palestinian women from different walks of life, all connected by the enduring thread of the ancient art of embroidery.

Q&A with Deborah Mullins, Yorkshire textile artist, whose work is based around Palestine.

Tickets £5 (£2 concession) – pay on the door.

This film is preceded in the afternoon by a workshop of the same name:

Stitching Workshop, Display & Talk

Saturday 9 March, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9DX

Acclaimed textile artist, Deborah Mullins returns to Leeds for this special event, which includes:
an introductory workshop to Palestinian stitching techniques; a display of Palestinian textile artefacts and Palestinian-inspired embroidery; a presentation on a Halifax community cross-stitch project linked with a group in a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem;

Tea and refreshments available and Palestinian goods on sale.
Places limited, please book on Eventbrite. Cost: £10 (£5 students / low income).

Mar
10
Sun
Naila and the Uprising @ Quaker Meeting House
Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

crowd of womenThis film is being shown through the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival and is to mark International Womens’ Day.

Women are at the forefront when an uprising breaks out in 1987. Naila, an iron willed young woman in Gaza, promotes non-violent struggle, and must make a decision between love, family & freedom. This film premiered to great acclaim internationally in 2018. It gives a unique insight into the role of women in leading peaceful protest during the ‘First Intifada’.

Q&A following the film.

Tickets on the door, entry is free – suggested donation £5.

Mar
15
Fri
CAFOD Lent Appeal Family Fast Day
Mar 15 all-day

CAFOD logoAs usual CAFOD have a range of resources to help you organise something in your parish  – a soup lunch a collection at mass or whatever. CAFOD needs the support of parishiners across the country more than ever – the worsening exchange rate means that money raised is not going as far as it did even two years ago.

 

CAFOD Resources for Family Fast Day

woman fishing

Mar
16
Sat
Understanding Modern Slavery @ Leeds Church Institute
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join the Learning Network, the Salvation Army, All We Can and The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) Yorkshire fpr a day exploring modern slavery. More details not yet available.

See the Leeds Church Institute Website to check for the latest information about this event.

Leeds Church Institute Website
Mar
19
Tue
The Claim: A film about the life of St Oscar Romero @ Emmanuel centre,
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Commission originally organised a presentation of this film last October.

However, we know that a number of people who wanted to attend were unable to do so. Well, here’s a second chance!

Fr Peter Kravos has organised a presentation of the film at the University of Leeds ecumenical chaplaincy building and anyone else is also welcome to attend. The Emmanuel Centre is just by the main entrance to the University – near where the Parkinson building with the big clock tower is located – and next door to a Caffe Nero (if you arrive early).

poster for Romero film

 

 

Mar
25
Mon
Volunteer Information Sessions for working with refugees and Asylum Seekers
Mar 25 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

The session is to help people:
Find out about organisations supporting refuge and asylum in Leeds
Identify the varied volunteering opportunities/roles that are available
Consider the skills and experience you have to offer
Have an opportunity to ask questions and gather information
Please email Tina at hello@leeds.cityofsanctuary.org to reserve a place

Mar
30
Sat
Day of Reflection: Caring for the Earth – Our Common Home @ ss John Fisher & Thomas More Church
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A day of prayer, some short inputs, discussion and time for personal reflection and meditation about our place in God’s creation and our responsibilities towards our common home.photo of the earth from space

The day will start with the normal 10:00 Saturday community mass and it will be finish by 4pm at the latest.

This day is free to attend (there will be a collection to defray expenses).

Please book a place by sending an email to jandp@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

 

Leeds J&P commission logo

Jun
10
Mon
Justice & Peace Commission meeting
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Leeds J&P logoThis is the quarterly meeting of the full Justice & Peace Commission. Anyone in the Leeds Diocese is welcome to come along to a Commission meeting. Please email the office if you are interested