Justice and Peace


j&p logoWe are all called to play our part in building God’s Kingdom of peace and justice. The Commission works to encourage and support individuals and groups to take that call to heart and respond in practical ways.

This month’s listing of peace and justice related events around the Diocese and beyond – February Link

‘Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and the environment’. Pope Francis

Click here to access the Clifton Diocese Refugee Network.

Peace Sunday  is celebrated on Sunday, 15 January, 2017 in UK – this year’s theme is ‘Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace’.  For Pope Francis’ Message click here.  Pax Christi has produced a range of resources for prayer, reflection and action to help communities and parishes to celebrate this message, here .

Sunday 15, January is also the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  This year Pope Francis has chosen ‘Minor migrants, vulnerable and voiceless’ as the theme.  To read the text of Pope Francis message click here.

The Carbon Neutral Diocese Group is a subgroup of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.  It was formed in Summer 2015 with the aim of helping the Diocese to reduce its carbon use and eventually reach neutrality, but it is also concerned with wider environmental issues, such as water usage and recycling.  Members are Sue Ingham (Secretary of the Justice and Peace Com), Carmody Grey (Ph D student, University of Bristol), David Maggs (Diocese of Bath and Wells), Kester Ratcliffe (Easton Energy Group), Tim Coyle (Surveyor and Diocesan Trustee), Lisa Loveridge (Co-ordinator).  Derek Salmon (Diocesan Surveyor) is attending the next meeting.  Ffi please contact Lisa Loveridge on 01225 282915 or lisaloveridge@gmail.com      

Laudato Si Pope Francis’ encyclical on Care of our Common Home.  For a copy and summary of the document click here.  

A climate-change awareness website has been set up by a group of parishioners at St Charles Borromeo in Birmingham, ‘inspired by the letter to everyone – a CAFOD video about care for our common home by Pope Francis, Laudato Si.’  The website includes a prayer page which is overseen by a Benedictine oblate.

Recent events

Bishop Declan delivered the St Matthias lecture at Bristol Cathedral entitled ‘Can religion be a force for good in international relations.  For a draft of Bishop Declan’s lecture click here.

‘Human Dignity: Being Truly Human’ Diocesan Day with keynote speaker David McLoughlin and a selection of workshops. For a brief report of the day click here and for a draft of David McLoughlin’s talk click here.

‘No Hands but Ours:  A Celebration of Work for Peace and Justice around the Diocese’ 15 November, 2014


What has work on issues such as trade justice, climate change, human trafficking to do with the teachings of Jesus and the Church? How can the command to love God and love neighbour be translated into practical action?  These were some of the questions explored at an event in Bath last Saturday arranged by Clifton Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission using a theme inspired by St Teresa’s prayer ‘Christ has no body but yours’.

To read more about the day click Report

Human Trafficking

Bishop Declan asked the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission to look at Human Trafficking and what they could do on this issue. As a result, working with the charity ‘Unchosen’ and other local partners, they have organised two awareness-raising events so far, with short films, speakers and Q&A, attracting around 170 people to each.   Click on the Links below to read more: 

Human Trafficking event in Bath, 21 October 2014

Swindon Trafficking awareness-raising event October, 2013                                              


What’s happening in your parish/area?  Help us to let others know about your work for peace and justice by sending a report with a picture, if possible, to justiceandpeace@cliftondiocese.com