Justice and Peace
Specialist Adviser: Aidan Cantwell
DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley West Sussex RH10 6RP.
Tel: Crawley (01293) 651154. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Priest Adviser: Fr Kevin Dring
Justice and Peace Commission: Moyna Bridge, Martin Brown, Felicity Dick, Pauline Gately, Miranda Litchfield, Ashley Ralston, Sr Jo Threlfall
For ideas on how we can support your Parish with specialist courses and resources Click here
A Refugee Crisis Newsletter for Summer 2017 is now available detailing how, as a diocese, under the guidance of Bishop Richard, we are responding to the ever growing challenge of the global refugee crisis. To view the newsletter online click here. Hard copies are also available in your parish.
The newsletter includes the latest information available to us and highlights some tremendous work that is ongoing by the partners we are choosing to work with. Please read a copy and share with your family and friends. Refugee Week takes place between 19 and 25 June, this provides an important opportunity for asylum seekers and refugees across the UK to be seen, listened to and valued.
The newsletter begins with a foreword from Bishop Richard which includes the message, ‘since our response began, we have witnessed positive outcomes for the integration of refugee families – but there is so much more that needs to be done’.
It also includes the following:
- The Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme and Community Sponsorship.
- The work of Voices in Exile who support those seeking asylum, refugees and those with no recourse to public funds.
- Stories from Refugees supported by our partners.
- Prayers, bible passages, Catholic Social Teaching principles and quotes.
- Ways to help including hosting an event or pledging financial support.
Anyone who wants to learn more about how to get involved should contact our Coordinator (details on page 11).
Refugee Tales 2017 Refugee Tales is an outreach project of the GDWG, inspired by the experiences of men held in immigration detention at Gatwick and the work of the Group in 20 years of visiting. Over 100 walkers joined in this year's event between 1 and 5 July. Full story and picture here
J&P Assembly 2017 - Am I A Good Neighbour - held on 28 January 2017, DABCEC Crawley. A resources booklet with ideas and information is available here Full report and photos of the day here (Youtube) recordings of the day are available Click here and for Fr Augusto's PowerPoint presentation click here
Cherish Life Network - "Through moral conscience God speaks to each of us, inviting us to defend human life at all times" Pope Benedict Feb 2011 - We are all called to respond to this invitation in our own lives, whether in casual conversation or in crisis. But there are many good people within our Diocese who also respond by actively engaging in other ways in defending and protecting vulnerable human life. As a Diocese we would like to help those concerned to work together to make best use of their time, talents and energies. With this in mind we have set up a Cherish Life Network. For more information click here.
Electing for the Common Good - The Bishops Conference has issued a letter for distribution to all Catholics, offering some considerations as we decide how to vote. These include Leaving the European Union, Issues on Family and Life, Criminal Justice, Migration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Freedom of Religion and Belief, Helping the World's Poorest, Caring for the Vulnerable, Education, Modern Slavery. "Lord grant us wisdom to act always with integrity, seeking the protection and flourishing of all, and building a society based on justice and peace."
Refugee Tales - A walk in solidarity with Refugees and Detainees - 1-5 July 2017, further details from www.refugeetales.org
Peace News Summer Camp www.peacenewscamp.info
Environmental News - Latest Diocesan Newsletter here