The Justice and Peace Commission
With a focus on ‘a diocese of disciples’, this issue illustrates the twin vocations of justice and charity, with articles on local Catholics in action:
- Among people who live on the streets of Derby
- With families experiencing food poverty in Loughborough
- Taking up leadership of Pax Christi UK
…and a feature on ‘natural burial’. It also outlines the Faith into Action project, which you can read about opposite.
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The Nottingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission works towards exploring the causes of injustice, increasing awareness among others of these issues, praying that unjust situations might be changed for the better, working for justice both at home and abroad and providing practical assistance for those in need. The Commission works through parish groups, ecumenical groups, inter-faith groups, through individuals and other contacts. Please contact the Justice and Peace Fieldworker, Paul Bodenham, at email@example.com.
Fostering communities of loving service
God is love, and he calls us to love, generously and joyfully.Here in the Diocese of Nottingham an opportunity is emerging to respond to that call afresh.
The catalyst is a grant from the national Caritas Social Action Network, matched by support from our own Justice and Peace Commission. The grant comes at a fertile moment, as Bishop Patrick is encouraging us to encounter Christ anew, grow as disciples and look outward in mission.
We’re calling the project Faith into Action. Let’s tell you how you can be part of it.
Online social action questionnaire
Our parishes are already engaged in a wealth of social action, often without shouting about it. It deserves to be valued and celebrated. Doing so will give us confidence to take our next steps in mission.
During Lent 2019 Bishop Patrick has written to clergy inviting parishes to reflect on needs in the local community and wider world, how to respond. Parishes are requested to complete a simple research questionnaire survey
Next steps for Faith into Action
Findings will be published for each Deanery in early Summer 2019. They will be used over the coming years to ensure all parishes have the support they need to develop new social action, mission and outreach into the future. If you would like a workshop in your Deanery to help you take the opportunities that emerge locally, get in touch.
You will be at the heart of Faith into Action. It’s an invitation to the whole people of the Diocese of Nottingham, in parishes, chaplaincies, Catholic organisations and schools.There are many ways you can get involved: