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 – June Link


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


Holy Family parishioner, Phil Kingston wins award by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation

 The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards 2017 include Phil Kingston (pictured third from the left) for his work in setting up Grandparents for a Safer Earth.  This organisation seeks to mobilise grandparents and elders to take direct action to raise awareness of the risks of global warming and climate change, read more…..


Laudato Si – A Call to Action, Retreat Day

                                          25 March, Feast of the Annunciation

   Clifton J&P Commission invited Mary Colwell and Severine Deneulin to lead a day of reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home’ and what it might mean for each of us.  The day included talks on the radical nature of Laudato Si’ and on the day’s scripture readings, time to reflect on passages from the encyclical, and to discuss our concerns and future plans.  As you can see from the image above, part of the afternoon included a walk around Brandon Hill led by Mary Colwell.

To read more about the event, click Laudato Si day report


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.



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