Families welcome at National J&P Conference


Garden at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Garden at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

By: Ellen Teague

More families are invited to book in for this year's conference of the National Justice and Peace network at Swanwick in Derbyshire. There are discounts available for families with children, and some bursary funds to help families and young adults. And there are tailored programmes for children and youth.

The theme is: In the Shelter of Each Other the People Live and the dates are 0 - 22 July 2018. The conference will explore the concept of 'home' in our divided and unequal world, reminding us that our own well-being is never assured while others are excluded; and that we all have something to give to and receive from the other, including those considered of no value in our society.

Workshops:

Housing Need and Homelessness: Towards a Culture of Encounter (Housing Justice);
Those in Peril on the Sea - the world of seafarers (Apostleship of the Sea);
Empowering People in Poverty (Church Action on Poverty);
Two Sides of the Same Coin - poverty and exclusion in the UK and the global South (Centre for Justice & Theology);
A Place for Those Affected by Imprisonment in Our Communities (Prison Advice and Care Trust);
Encountering the Other - interfaith relations (Fr Jim Fleming, Columbans);
The Importance of Public Services (Sally Ruane, Reader in Social Policy, De Montfort University);
Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery (Medaille Trust);
Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse (National Board of Catholic Women);
All Things are Connected - what does 'home' mean for nature? (Mary Colwell, writer, producer and naturalist);
Making local and global connections around gun and knife crime (Pax Christi);
Share the Journey Caritas Global Campaign on Migrants and Refugees (CAFOD);
We are a Travelling People - Catholic Travellers at the Heart of the Community (National Chaplain for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers);
Protecting Our Created Home - examining the real progress towards the abolition of nuclear weapons (Christian CND);
Faith and Light communities of those with learning disabilities and their families and friends (Faith and Light Leeds).

Keynote speakers:

Revd Al Barrett, vicar on an estate in Birmingham, who will speak on: 'Can anybody hear me? Christian discipleship in Brexit Britain, in the shadow of Grenfell Tower'.

Theologian David McLoughlin will speak on 'Living with others in the presence of our strange God'.

Sarah Teather from Jesuit Refugee Service will share her experience of accompanying refugees.

John Grogan, Labour MP for Keighley and Ilkley, will look at how we can build a more inclusive Britain.

The conference is organised by the National Justice & Peace Network of England and Wales in partnership with Apostleship of the Sea, Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice, Prison Advice & Care Trust.

Information and booking forms available at: www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/conference or contact Ann Kelly, Administrator, on 020 7901 4864.

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