Justice, Peace & Environment

This category contains news on Laudatio Si, NJPN, Christian environmental groups, initiatives such as Green Christian, peace movements such as Pax Christi & Christian CND, and statements on JPIC from the Pope, the Vatican, and dioceses.

World Mission Sunday Reflection

A Sister of Our Lady of the Missions, Rose Mary Harbinson RNDM, gave a Mission Awareness talk in St Joseph's Parish, Wealdstone on the 28th Sunday of the Year, based on the readings: Wisdom 7:7-11; Ps 89; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10: 17-30.

This is the month when we remember to pray for the Missionary Church and Pope Francis in his address this year will remind us that we are all, b...

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Harpenden Parish celebrates Creation

To herald the end of Creation Time and as part of their LiveSimply Action Plan, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, organised a special Mass and celebration on 4 October, attended by more than 100 people.

The liturgy on the Feast of St Francis was planned by the parish's LiveSimply Liturgy group, with the support of parish priest Canon Anthony Dwyer. The Mass was enri...

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Peace Award for Sr Elizabeth O'Donohoe

On Sunday 14 October, Sr Elizabeth O'Donohoe was one of three people to receive the Gordon Wilson/Sidney Hinkes Peace Award, both men were former Chairs of the World Week of Prayer for World Peace and the is sponsored by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowhip. Elizabeth is a member of the Catholic congregation of Sisters of the Holy Cross. After teaching for some years, a spell in Chile, an...

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NJPN environment group celebrates 50th meeting

Mary McCartney, Paul Kelly and Ashley Ralston

Recently Ashleys' granddaughter asked him, "what are you doing to help the environment?" Reflecting on this, and on the 50th meeting in London of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Environment Group, which we have both chaired, we reflected on how much the group has achieved since its inception in 2005.

The working group was set up at the NJPN's annual conference in July 2005, ...

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WCC head speaks on link between poverty and climate change

Photo: Community of Sant'Egidio

Before the Community of Sant'Egidio in Bologna, Italy, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit spoke on 'Poverty and Inequality in a Time of Climate Change.'

Tveit reflected that, even as we are living in an era of unprecedented abundance for some, nearly a billion people are deprived of the barest necessities that are needed to support life.

"The stark c...

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Christian Aid report shows bank profits from coal despite green claims

HSBC has been accused of greenwashing by Christian Aid as the charity publishes a new report highlighting the bank's refusal to rule out coal financing in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Today HSBC hosted a Make My Money Green event as part of Green GB Week, and yet in its flagship energy policy it keeps the door open to financing the dirtiest fossil fuel in parts of Asia. <...

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Christian Aid calls for UK forest restoration to help tackle climate change

Responding to Claire Perry's expected request to the Climate Change Committee on Monday to review the UK's emissions targets, Christian Aid is urging the Government to prepare to go net zero before 2050. In a new report, released today, Christian Aid's Global Climate Lead, Dr Kat Kramer, said that in order for climate change to be tackled fairly, it was only right for richer countrie...

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Video: Season of Creation 2018

Last week, the UN's climate science body released a report on the world's global warming. The goal is to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. At 1.5 degrees, scientists agree, heat waves, sea level rise, storms, and droughts will grow catastrophically severe. While the poorest of our brothers and sisters will suffer the brunt of this catastrophe, the truth is that a...

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Greenwich: Religion and science come together to tackle climate change

Representatives of various faiths working on environmental issues in and around Kent joined a dialogue with engineers and scientists on Saturday to examine 'Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability'.

The Chatham Campus of Greenwich University hosted the unique one-day conference on 13 October, organised by Medway Inter Faith Action, in partnership with the Institute of Mechanical En...

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London: Re-imagining Britain conference

Thirty of us gathered

Tackling the roots of inequality in the UK was the inspiration behind a gathering in London of 30 religious, associates and friends from the JPIC Links Network for their annual, 'Linking Day'. With the title, 'Re-imagining Britain - Freedom and equality as the way to social justice', the day was facilitated by Canon Paul Hackwood, executive director of the Church Urban Fund. See: https://www.cu...

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Peace journalists address Vatican conference

Professor Johan Galtung

In a world in which bad news floods the media, the Vatican Dicastery for Communication held an International Conference on 'Peace Journalism' on Saturday, promoting this concept - along with the peace that comes with it.

Four peace journalists from Italy, Lebanon, China and Norway spoke at the event.

Norwegian Professor Johan Galtung, creator of the concept, was one of the speakers....

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Nourishing Hope - Environmental network celebrates 20 years

The European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) celebrated 20 years of churches caring for creation at its assembly in Katowice from 6 to 10 October. The setting in southern Poland was a fitting locale for an event focussed on the intersection of economic and ecological justice. Katowice is the heart of the coal and steel industries in Poland, but in a few short weeks will host t...

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Poland: Final statement from European Christian Environmental Network

The 12th Assembly of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) met from 6 to 10 October 2018 under the heading 'On the way to economic and ecological justice' in Katowice, Poland, hosting 85 participants from 22 countries of Europe and overseas. Discussions of the Assembly were guided by the biblical wo...

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Poland: Churches help grow a post-carbon human identity

Fr Charles Rue,  Adrian Shaw with Dr Eszter Kodacsy

'To give you a future with hope' (Jeremiah 29:11) was the Scriptural grace of God remembered in the opening prayers of the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) Assembly which began last weekend in Poland. Rev Dr Peter Paviovic, Director of ECEN with the Conference of European Churches in Belgium, welcomed nearly 90 participants from 21 nations. The Assembly is meeting in t...

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