Justice & Peace
Contact Telephone Number:
0208 399 9550 (The parish office) or text 07904 104707
When we meet:
2nd Monday of each month (except July, August and December)
Where do we meet?
7.45 – 9.0 pm prompt in the RDJ room
The group’s object / purpose:
We try to combine reflection on Gospel values with action towards building a just and peaceful society, as understood through Catholic Social Teaching.
Who are we?
We are members of the parish, who undertake to put faith into action by promoting a just peaceful society.
What is Justice & Peace all about?:
Pope Leo, in the 19th century, pronounced in Rerum Novarum that the Church, employers and workers should all work together to build a just society. This was known as the Workers’ Charter – a foundation for Catholic Social Teaching. This has been followed by many other encyclicals concerned with social justice,including those mentioned on the next page.
What issues are we involved in?
We support Fair Trade using Fair Trade goods as far as possible. We campaign against the persecution of Christians, human trafficking, and towards peace in the West Bank/Gaza and justice for all. We have had four of our parishioners trained by the Quaker Peace and Social Justice Foundation, three of whom were J & P members, as a part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme working in Palestine (EAPPI).
We lobby our M.P.s and M.E.P.s on various issues, e.g. the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T.T.I.P.) and other issues related to the integrity of creation.
We also undertake letter-writing to prisoners of conscience and to stay informed of other key issues, e.g. the arms trade.
How do I find out more?
Come along to a meeting
Speak to a group member
Send an Email and someone will contact you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information have a look at these various links:
Pope Benedict’s Encyclical ‘Caritas In Veritate’ – Reflecting on the centrality of Justice and the Common Good in Christian faith
Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si – care for our common home
CAFOD – The catholic overseas development agency for England and Wales
Justice-and-Peace.org.uk – the national Justice and Peace network
Pax Christi – Pax Christi is an international Christian peacemaking movement, based on the gospel and inspired by faith
The Fairtrade Foundation – The organisation behind the Fairtrade logo
Church Action on Poverty – Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical campaigning body
Christian Ecology Link – Ecumenical organisation concerned with bio-diversity
Campaign Against Arms Trade – UK organisation working to end the international arms trade
Christian CND – organisation working for the permanent elimination of nuclear weapons according to a fixed timetable
Fellowship Of Reconciliation – spiritually-based movement committed to active nonviolence
Please support the Kingston Food Bank. Coordinators at OLI actively collect every month, with details in the parish newsletter.